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Mangrove Pit Viper

Mangrove Pit Viper


Physical Description:

  • Appearance: The Mangrove Pit Viper has a relatively slender body with large, keeled scales. Its coloration varies but typically includes shades of green, gray, or brown, often with darker patterns that provide camouflage in its mangrove habitat. Some individuals may exhibit purple or reddish hues, particularly on the head and upper body.
  • Size: Adults typically measure between 50 to 70 cm (20 to 28 inches) in length.
  • Tail: The tail is relatively long and tapering.


  • Status: The conservation status of the Mangrove Pit Viper is not well-documented, but it may face threats from habitat loss due to coastal development and pollution.
  • Protection: Conservation efforts should focus on preserving mangrove habitats and limiting human disturbance in coastal areas where this species resides.


  • Ecological Role: As an apex predator in mangrove ecosystems, the Mangrove Pit Viper helps regulate populations of small vertebrates and contributes to the ecological balance.
  • Human Interaction: While its venom is potent and can cause significant pain and tissue damage, bites to humans are rare. People should exercise caution and avoid handling or provoking these snakes in their natural habitats.
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