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Malabarian Pit Viper

Trimeresurus malabaricus


Trimeresurus malabaricus, commonly known as Malabar pit viper, Malabar rock pit viper,[3] or rock viper,[4] is a venomous pit viper species endemic to the Western Ghats of southwestern India.


The species is endemic to Western Ghats mountains, occurring along the southern and western India at 600–2,000 metres (2,000–6,600 ft) elevation. The type locality is the Western Ghats of southwestern India. The Malabar pit viper is nocturnal and usually inactive in the day, sometimes seen basking on rocks or trees near streams. It is more commonly encountered during the monsoon months. The species preys upon frogs, lizards, nestling birds, musk shrews, mice and other small animals.


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You are welcome Tukup, and thanks for the encouraging words.

Tukup 3 years ago

Thanks Chief. Love snakes. Great spotting.

Hi Sukanya, There is a popular bird watching place in Kollam district, about 45 km. from the thiruvananthapuram city, called Arippa Forest. Here, this viper was on a tree.

SukanyaDatta 3 years ago

Where did you see it Chief? Wow.

Kerala, India

Spotted on Feb 15, 2020
Submitted on Mar 23, 2020

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