This is a close up of a Saw scaled viper ( Echis carinatus) which is highly venomous. In fact the Echis species are responsable for more human deaths than any other venomous snake in the world, possibly as they reside in areas across India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Africa where there are few modern medical facilities.
Their venom has virulent haemotoxic properties, which can lead to excessive bleeding and death.
This is one of around 50 venomous snakes that my partner keeps and the one that I recently had the pleasure of handling during a recent show at Noahs ark, Somerset. ( I had to pass an exam and go through rigorous training to be able to handle venomous snakes - its certainly not something to be taken lightly)