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Pit viper


The pit vipers are actually a sub-family of the viperids. Known scientifically as he crotalines, consisting of about 150 species and making up the largest of the viper sub-families. (some taxonomist have argued in favour of separating he pit vipers into their own family the crotalids). They are distinguished from the true vipers by the presence of heat-sensitive pits on either side of the face. The familiar rattle snakes are pit vipers, as are the North American copperheads and all of the Latin American vipers. With the exception of the coral snakes, which are the only venomous snakes found in North America. Pit vipers are also common in southern Asia. They are not found in Africa (Flank, 1998).

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North Philippine temple pit viper
Tropidolaemus subannulatus Tropidolaemus subannulatus | The Reptile Database

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SandraPereira 11 years ago

Unbelievable ..nice pictures Brian

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 11 years ago

ZebulonHoover - If you are serious about educating and breeding local species in captivity for conservation then I'm very much willing to help you.

Please contact me at 0927-2627715 or email me at

ZebulonHoover 11 years ago

Brian are you filipino? I just got here in November, and I'm trying to teach the locals not to kill the snakes. Also, I'm trying to get some snakes to breed and release the babies back into the wild.

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 11 years ago

Thanks Mandy !

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 11 years ago

Incredible photography! I love the orange and yellow stripes on its eye. Amazing that you got that level of detail!

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 11 years ago

Well, it used to be but because of the illegal trades and most of the locals kill them, it's getting harder to see them.

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 11 years ago

Thanks Julio

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 11 years ago

Hi Jason - Thanks for the comment. It took me a while before I came up with these photos.

ArgyBee - Just a regular house gecko for lunch

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Wow - what's the story in pic 1 Brian? Is that a bat for lunch?

Brian Santos
Brian Santos 11 years ago

Hi Maria, this is a different snake.

Maria dB
Maria dB 11 years ago

Is this the same snake as in your other spotting? Where did you see it?

Brian Santos
Spotted by
Brian Santos

Quezon City, Metro Manila, Philippines

Spotted on May 23, 2011
Submitted on Jun 14, 2012

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