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Horseshoe Pit Viper

Trimeresurus strigatus

Description:

This rare snake is restricted to South-Western Ghats and one of the best places to spot this rarity is in the Nilgiris. Got extremely lucky to find this one in the evening after a full day's rigorous search. Strangely this specimen 'yawned' quite a few times giving me an opportunity to photograph it in the act. Considered to be haemotoxic, the effects of the venom and its toxicity is little known. There have not been many studies done on this species. There's still a lot to be discovered about these amazing snakes.

Habitat:

This species is peculiar to montane shola grassland habitats, at very high elevations (> 1700 m asl).


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3 Comments

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Top shot sir.

Felix Fleck
Felix Fleck a year ago

Great shot! Congrats.

DanielePralong
DanielePralong a year ago

Congratulations Vipul, your Horseshoe Pit Viper has been chosen as Spotting of the Day for #WorldSnakeDay:

"On #WorldSnakeDay we're thrilled to feature this beautiful shot of a rare Horseshoe Pit Viper (Trimeresurus strigatus) as our Spotting of the Day! Project Noah member Vipul Ramanuj writes: "This rare snake is restricted to South-Western Ghats and one of the best places to spot this rarity is in the Nilgiris. Got extremely lucky to find this one in the evening after a full day's rigorous search. Strangely this specimen 'yawned' quite a few times giving me an opportunity to photograph it in the act. Considered to be haemotoxic, the effects of the venom and its toxicity is little known. There have not been many studies done on this species. There's still a lot to be discovered about these amazing snakes".
World Snake Day (July 16) was created to help educate and inform the public about snakes. Remember that most snake species are nonvenomous, and those that have venom use it primarily to kill and subdue prey rather than for self-defense. All snakes play an important role in nature by contributing to ecological systems as predator and prey".

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Vipul Ramanuj
Spotted by
Vipul Ramanuj

Tamil Nadu, India

Lat: 11.39, Long: 76.66

Spotted on Aug 7, 2016
Submitted on Jun 15, 2018

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