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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.
This species is peculiar to montane shola grassland habitats, at very high elevations (> 1700 m asl).
Spotted on Aug 7, 2016
Submitted on Jun 15, 2018
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