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Brown Spotted Pit Viper

Brown Spotted Pit Viper


Physical Description:

  • Appearance: The Brown Spotted Pit Viper has a stout body with keeled scales and a distinctive pattern of brown or reddish-brown spots or blotches on a lighter background, often gray or tan. These spots can sometimes form crossbands.
  • Size: Adults typically measure between 80 to 150 cm (31 to 59 inches) in length.
  • Head: The head is triangular and distinct from the neck, with a pair of heat-sensing pits located between the eyes and nostrils.
  • Tail: The tail is relatively short and tapering.


  • Status: The conservation status of the Brown Spotted Pit Viper is not well-documented, but it may face threats from habitat destruction and human encroachment.
  • Protection: Conservation efforts should focus on habitat preservation and protecting forested and grassland areas from further destruction.


  • Ecological Role: As a predator, the Brown Spotted 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, swelling, and tissue damage, bites to humans are rare. People should exercise caution and avoid handling or provoking these snakes.
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