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Kaulback Lance-headed Pit Viper

Kaulback Lance-headed Pit Viper


Physical Description:

  • Appearance: The Kaulback’s Lance-headed Pit Viper has a distinctive lance-shaped head that is broad and triangular, setting it apart from its body. Its coloration varies but is generally grayish-brown or olive with darker crossbands or blotches. The body is robust with keeled scales.
  • Size: Adults typically measure between 70 to 100 cm (28 to 39 inches) in length, though some individuals may grow longer.
  • Tail: The tail is relatively short and tapering.


  • Status: 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 Kaulback’s Lance-headed 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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