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Hump-nosed Pit Viper

Hypnale hypnale


The Hump-nosed Pit Viper is one of the venomous snakes found in India. It is a perfect example of camouflage since they lay perfectly still in ambush amidst the forest floor and feed on Geckos, Rodents, Skinks, Reptile Eggs, and Frogs.


Rainforest and Evergreen forest of Agumbe which is a part of the Western Ghats. A whopping 87% of all Western Ghat frogs are endemic and found nowhere else in the world. It is also recognized as one of the world’s eight hottest hotspots' of biological diversity, inscribed in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage sites list in July 2012

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LeanneGardner 3 years ago

Congratulations Vipul. Wonderful spotting.

Vipul Ramanuj
Vipul Ramanuj 3 years ago

Thank you so much! It feels great to see snakes winning such admiration :)

DanielePralong 3 years ago

Congratulations Vipul, your Hump-nosed Pit Viper is our Spotting of the Day:

"This great profile shot of a Hump-nosed Pit Viper (Hypnale hypnale) shows the snake's pit organ beautifully: you can locate it as little depression between the eye and the nostril, closer to the eye. The pit organs of pitvipers, pythons and boas can detect infrared radiation from warm bodies. At night, the pit organs allow the snakes to literally 'see' an image of their predator or prey, in the very same way an infrared camera does. The Hump-nosed Pit Viper is venomous, and endemic to India and Sri Lanka".



Vipul Ramanuj
Spotted by
Vipul Ramanuj

Agumbe, Karnataka, India

Spotted on Jul 19, 2017
Submitted on Apr 29, 2018

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