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Horseshoe Pit Viper

Horseshoe Pit Viper


Physical Description:

  • Appearance: The Horseshoe Pit Viper has a robust body with keeled scales. Its coloration varies but is generally gray, brown, or olive, with darker, horseshoe-shaped markings along its back. 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 90 cm (24 to 35 inches) in length, though some individuals can grow longer.
  • Tail: The tail is relatively short and tapering.


  • Status: The conservation status of the Horseshoe Pit Viper is not well-documented, but it may face threats from habitat loss due to deforestation and human encroachment.
  • Protection: Conservation efforts should focus on habitat preservation and protecting montane forests and rocky hillsides from further destruction.


  • Ecological Role: As a predator, the Horseshoe Pit Viper helps regulate 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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