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Large Scaled Pit Viper

Large Scaled Pit Viper


Physical Description:

  • Appearance: The Large-scaled Pit Viper is named for its large, keeled scales that give it a rough texture. It typically has a stout body with a triangular-shaped head distinct from the neck. The coloration varies widely but often includes shades of green, olive, brown, or gray, with darker patterns or bands along the body. The underside is usually lighter in color.
  • Size: Adults generally range from 50 to 90 cm (20 to 35 inches) in length, with females often larger than males.
  • Head: The head is broad and distinct, with large, heat-sensing pits located between the eyes and nostrils.
  • Tail: The tail is relatively short and tapers to a point.


  • Status: The conservation status of the Large-scaled Pit Viper is not extensively documented, but like many snake species, it faces threats from habitat loss due to deforestation, agriculture, and human activities.
  • Protection: Conservation efforts should focus on preserving its forest habitats and minimizing disturbances to these ecosystems, including habitat fragmentation and unsustainable logging practices.


  • Ecological Role: As a predator, the Large-scaled Pit Viper helps regulate populations of small vertebrates, contributing to the balance of its forest ecosystem.
  • Human Interaction: While venomous, bites to humans are relatively rare. However, caution should be exercised, and individuals should avoid provoking or handling these snakes to prevent potential bites.
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