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Large-scaled Pit Viper

Trimeresurus macrolepis

Description:

This endemic beauty is an arboreal and nocturnal species which is named after its large scales, but importantly; Pit vipers are called so due to the presence of a prominent heat sensitive pit. The`pit' is a noticeable depression situated on the head of a pit viper between the nostril and the eye. It is a heat sensitive organ and helps the pit vipers in detecting the prey even in total darkness. That's some cool 'New world' evolution I must say!

Habitat:

The distribution of this species is restricted to mid and high altitude wet evergreen forests south of the Palghat Gap in the southern Western Ghats region of India.


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2 Comments

AshleyT
AshleyT 2 weeks ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 weeks ago

Cool spotting, Vipul! Such an awesome snake. Excellent photo and notes too.

Vipul Ramanuj
Spotted by
Vipul Ramanuj

Kerala, India

Lat: 10.20, Long: 77.06

Spotted on Jul 23, 2017
Submitted on May 26, 2019

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