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Ovophis monticola

Mountain Pit Viper Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Ovophis monticola
Family : Viperidae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Mountains
Description : Mountain Pit Vipers have a distinct triangular head with a really short snout. Their body is brown to deep brown with blackish brown or deep blue patches throughout the body. There is a distinct deep brown patch at the top of their head. Adult snake can grow up to 60-80 cm (24-31 inches) in length.
This species is found in the mountainous regions of central and western Japan, where it prefers to inhabit forested areas and rocky slopes. It is highly venomous and its venom can cause severe local tissue damage, bleeding, and blood clotting disorders. However, it is not considered to be as deadly as some other venomous snakes. This snake is mostly active during the night and is known to be an ambush predator, waiting for its prey to come close before striking. It is also known to be somewhat aggressive when threatened, and may bite humans if provoked. It feeds primarily on small mammals, such as rodents, as well as lizards and frogs. Little is known about the reproductive behavior of this species, but it is believed to be oviparous, meaning it lays eggs rather than giving birth to live young.
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:Thomas Calame(www.inaturalist.org/people/Thomas Calame), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.