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Mock Viper

Psammodynastes pulverulentus


slender, about 40cm (1.3') beige with dark and light markings, it stood tall like a cobra when I got close but it wasn't aggressive. ID'd as P. pulverulentus but could possibly be a different species.


tropical rainforest


A friend spotted this in the morning while walking to the park office. It was slithering across a concrete road but stopped after my friend spotted it. I wasn't far away and when I got there it was still on the road. It allowed me to get really close and wasn't bothered by me. After I nudged off the road for it's own safety.

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Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks Louisa and Muckpuk. I use a Canon Rebel T3i. For this shot I used the Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 lens.

Louisa 9 years ago

Great series of photos!

Muckpuk 9 years ago

Fantastic shots. What camera do you use?

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 9 years ago

Thanks Neil. That's okay, can't ID them all!

NeilDazet 9 years ago

Great spotting Dan! I wish I could help nail down the ID on this one, but I don't have or know of any good resources on Vietnamese herps.

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks, I've tentatively ID'd it as a mock viper with some notes detailing that there is some uncertainty.

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Dan, yes that image looks like your snake...

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 10 years ago

Thanks Cindy! As for ID, I appreciate the input. I'm no expert but this image does look a lot like mine. What do you think Scott?

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

I'm not familiar with the species but this spotting sounds like it has a different disposition than the mock viper and while similar in appearance the mock viper looks different to me But I could be wrong!

CindyBinghamKeiser 10 years ago

Another awesome series, Dan!

Gopal murali
Gopal murali 10 years ago

It looks like Psammodynastes pulverulentus(mock viper) to me sir

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 10 years ago

Doesn't look like the images I just looked at (incl )

pmbagga 10 years ago

Great stuff ! Công cụ tuyệt vời!

Dan Doucette
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Dan Doucette

Viet Nam

Spotted on Feb 7, 2012
Submitted on May 13, 2012

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