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Sri Lankan green pit viper, is a moderately venomous pit viper species endemic to Sri Lanka.It is a sexually dimorphic, mid-sized, cylindrical species.The neck is distinct from the flattened, triangular head. There is a loreal pit on each side of the head. Mid-sized eyes and a short, rounded, broad snout are present. The males are considerably smaller than females. The ground color of the snake is variable and cryptic. Typically, it is a green snake with a black variegated pattern, and a black temporal line is usually present. The wet zone snakes have these black patterns more clearly marked. The vertebral area has a tinge of yellow. The tail is black. The ventral scales are light greenish-yellow or may even be grey. Some snakes have only the black temporal line and the black tail, with the rest of the body being green. In addition, males tend to have a blue coloration, whereas the females are predominantly green. These are bulky snakes with prehensile, short tails, suiting their arboreal lifestyle.viviparous & About five to 25 young are produced at once.Details from-(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trimeresurus_trigonocephalus)
It is arboreal and nocturnal, occasionally descending to the ground in search of food such as lizards, frogs, small mammals, and birds. This sluggish pit viper is usually encountered on low shrubs during morning hours, but it mostly occupies in grasslands and rain forests. In mornings, it is seen to stay on top of trees to obtain sun rays to heat its body.
This Green pit viper was found at Gannoruwa rain forest,Kandy cp,Sri Lanka.
Spotted on Sep 10, 2014
Submitted on Sep 10, 2014
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