Species Details


Jerdon’s Pit viper Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Protobothrops jerdonii
Family : Viperidae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Oriental Pit Viper,Yellow Speckled Lancehead,Yellow Speckled Lancehead Pitviper, Yellow Speckled Lancehead
Habitat : Mountains
Description : Jerdon's pit viper has a triangular-shaped head and a thick body. Its coloration can vary from greenish-brown to grayish-brown, with darker blotches on its back. This species is a medium-sized viper, with females usually growing up to around 70 cm (27.5 inches) in length and males slightly smaller at around 60 cm (23.6 inches). Jerdon's pit viper has venom that is highly toxic, with the potential to cause severe pain, swelling, and even death in humans. This species is typically found in forests, often near streams or other bodies of water. Jerdon's pit viper is a nocturnal species, meaning it is most active at night. It is also known to be an ambush predator, waiting for its prey to come close before striking with its venomous fangs.

Overall, Protobothrops jerdonii is a venomous snake species with a potentially dangerous bite, and it should be treated with caution if encountered in the wild.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Zarin Tasnim,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka ; information source:IUCN Red List Bangladesh-2015,www.reptile-database.reptarium.cz; photo credit:Stickpen(www.inaturalist.org/people/Stickpen), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.