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Malabar pit viper

Trimeresurus malabaricus

Description:

Full view in 2nd pic. Many morphs are seen of this particular viper. Different colour morphs in a single species is known as polymorphism. Polymorphism may be a strategy used by certain species to give them a survival advantage since it confuses predators. This could make sense when you think about the fact that most predators often lock onto particular characteristics such as body colour to identify their prey.

Habitat:

Seen at Agumbe forest which lies in a rainforest region with a tropical climate, warm and humid. Under the Köppen system of climate classification Agumbe is a tropical monsoon climate.

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7 Comments

Wild Things
Wild Things 3 years ago

Wow! 2 nominations in the same week. Thanks a lot Ashley! Thank you Hema!

Hema
Hema 3 years ago

superb!

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 years 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!

Wild Things
Wild Things 3 years ago

Thanks a lot Antonio :-)

Awesome capture Satyen,congrats and thanks for sharing

Wild Things
Wild Things 3 years ago

Thank you Lisa!

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 3 years ago

Lovely snake and wonderful camouflage!

Wild Things
Spotted by
Wild Things

Karnataka, India

Spotted on Jul 23, 2016
Submitted on Aug 1, 2016

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