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Malabar Pit Viper

Trimeresurus malabaricus


I found this beautiful pitviper near a waterfall in the western ghats region, when i had went there for a trek.. I was lucky that i could take a macro shot of this beautiful snake..! I found this snake resting on a rock, probably basking in the sun.. Many different color morphs are known to exist and it include colors like yellow,green,brown. This spotting is a brown colored morph with pattern.


This is a venomous pitviper species found only in southwestern India..


They are nocturnal and usually inactive in the day, sometimes seen basking on rocks or trees near streams.A typical behaviour found is that they are very active during the monsoon season(you get to see many of them) and once it gets over you would rarely find a Malabar pit viper.

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Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 8 years ago

Thanks Ashik..:-)

AshikMPatel 8 years ago

suprr lo :)

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 8 years ago

Thank u very much Neil..:-)

NeilDazet 8 years ago

Terrific spotting and series of photos, Sumukha!

Sumukha Javagal
Sumukha Javagal 8 years ago

Thank u LuisStevens..:-)

LuisStevens 8 years ago

great series

Sumukha Javagal
Spotted by
Sumukha Javagal

Bhadravati, Karnataka, India

Spotted on May 29, 2008
Submitted on Jun 17, 2012

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