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Assam golden Pit Viper

Assam golden Pit Viper


Physical Description:

  • Appearance: The Assam Golden Pit Viper is named for its distinctive golden or yellowish coloration. It has a robust body with keeled scales that provide a rough texture. The head is triangular and distinct from the neck, with a pair of heat-sensing pits located between the eyes and nostrils.
  • Size: Adults typically measure between 50 to 80 cm (20 to 31 inches) in length.
  • Tail: The tail is prehensile, aiding in climbing and arboreal activity.


  • Status: The conservation status of the Assam Golden Pit Viper is not well-documented, but habitat destruction due to deforestation and human encroachment poses potential threats.
  • Protection: Conservation efforts should focus on habitat preservation and protecting forested areas from further destruction.


  • Ecological Role: As a predator, the Assam Golden Pit Viper plays an important role in controlling populations of small vertebrates, contributing to the ecological balance in its habitat.
  • Human Interaction: While its venom is potent and can cause significant pain and tissue damage, bites to humans are rare. People should exercise caution and avoid handling or provoking these snakes.
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