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Malabar Pit Viper

Trimeresurus malabaricus

Description:

This species have a deep pit, or fossa, in the loreal area between the eye and the nostril on either side of the head. These loreal pits are the external openings to a pair of extremely sensitive infrared-detecting organs, which in effect give the snakes a sixth sense to help them find and perhaps even judge the size of the small, warm-blooded prey on which they feed.

Notes:

Completely camouflaged snake seen hiding in between the trunk of a tree.

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Karnataka, India

Spotted on Sep 23, 2013
Submitted on Feb 26, 2014

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