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Northern White-lipped Pit Viper

Northern White-lipped Pit Viper


Physical Description:

  • Appearance: The Northern White-lipped Pit Viper typically has a slender body with a distinct head that is broad and triangular, characteristic of pit vipers. It gets its name from the white or pale-colored lip scales that contrast with the darker coloration of the head and body. Coloration can vary widely, including shades of green, gray, brown, or even orange, often with darker patterns or bands along the body.
  • Size: Adults generally range from 50 to 70 cm (20 to 28 inches) in length, with females often larger than males.
  • Head: The head is triangular with large, heat-sensing pits located between the eyes and nostrils.
  • Tail: The tail is prehensile, aiding in climbing and maneuvering through its arboreal habitat.


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


  • Ecological Role: As a predator, the Northern White-lipped Pit Viper helps regulate populations of small vertebrates, contributing to the balance of its forest ecosystem.
  • Human Interaction: While its venom is potent and can cause significant local pain and tissue damage, bites to humans are relatively rare. Individuals should exercise caution and avoid provoking these snakes in their natural habitats
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