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Yunnan Bamboo Pit Viper

Yunnan Bamboo Pit Viper


Physical Description:

  • Appearance: The Yunnan Bamboo Pit Viper typically exhibits a striking coloration, ranging from bright green to turquoise or blue-green. It often has yellow or white markings, forming patterns or bands along its body. Juveniles may have different coloration, such as brown or reddish hues.
  • Size: Adults generally measure between 50 to 70 cm (20 to 28 inches) in length, with females often larger than males.
  • Head: The head is triangular and distinct from the neck, 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 Yunnan Bamboo 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 Yunnan Bamboo 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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