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Pope’s Pit Viper Did you see this animal?

Scientific Name : Trimeresurus popeiorum
Family : Viperidae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Forests,Mountains
Description : Pope's bamboo pit viper is a small to medium-sized snake, typically growing up to 70 cm in length. It has a slender body with a triangular-shaped head and vertical pupils. Its coloration is typically green, with a pale stripe running along each side of the body. This species is found in a variety of habitats, including bamboo forests, lowland and hill forests, and agricultural areas. It is primarily arboreal, and can often be found in trees and bushes. Pope's bamboo pit viper is primarily nocturnal, although it can also be active during the day. It is a relatively docile snake, and will usually try to avoid confrontation with humans. The bamboo pit viper primarily feeds on small mammals, birds, and reptiles, which it ambushes from a concealed position.
Like all pit vipers, Pope's bamboo pit viper is venomous. Its venom contains a potent mixture of enzymes and toxins that can cause severe pain, swelling, and tissue damage. However, the venom is not usually fatal to humans if treated promptly. The conservation status of Pope's bamboo pit viper is not well known, although habitat loss and overcollection for the pet trade are potential threats to its survival. It is listed on Appendix II of CITES, which regulates international trade in endangered species.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Zarin Tasnim,Department of Zoology,University of Dhaka ; information source:IUCN Red List Bangladesh-2015,www.www.thainationalparks.com; photo credit:Thomas Calame(www.inaturalist.org/people/Thomas Calame), photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.