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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.