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Cantor’s Pit Viper

Cantor’s Pit Viper


Physical Description:

  • Appearance: Cantor’s Pit Viper has a robust body with keeled scales. Its coloration is typically green, which provides excellent camouflage in its forest habitat. The head is broad and triangular, distinct from the neck, and features the characteristic heat-sensing pits of pit vipers.
  • Size: Adults typically measure between 60 to 80 cm (24 to 31 inches) in length, though some individuals may grow longer.
  • Tail: The tail is prehensile, aiding in climbing and maneuvering through trees and vegetation.



  • Status: The conservation status of Cantor’s Pit Viper is not well-documented, but it may face threats from habitat loss due to deforestation and human activities.
  • Protection: Conservation efforts should focus on habitat preservation and protecting forested areas from further destruction.


  • Ecological Role: As a predator, Cantor’s Pit Viper helps regulate populations of small vertebrates and invertebrates, contributing to the ecological balance of 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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