Species Details

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Scientific Name : Trimeresurus albolabris
Family : Viperidae
Order : Squamata
Class : Reptilia
Phylum : Chordata
Habitat : Agricultural lands,Rural Gardens
Description : Adults of this species typically grow to lengths of around 70 cm (28 in), although larger specimens have been recorded. It has a greenish-brown or brownish-yellow coloration, with a distinctive white stripe on the upper lip that extends backward and downward to the neck. The body may also have irregular black or brown markings. This species has a relatively small head compared to its body size, with large, triangular-shaped eyes and heat-sensing pits on either side of the head.
It has a stout, muscular body, with scales that are keeled (ridged) along the center of the back. The underside is often a pale yellow or cream color.
Like other pit vipers, it has venom glands that produce a hemotoxic venom that can cause local tissue damage, as well as systemic effects such as bleeding, organ failure, and even death in severe cases. It is a nocturnal species that is primarily arboreal (tree-dwelling), although it may also be found on the ground. It is an ambush predator that waits for prey to come within striking distance before striking with its venomous fangs.
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 and copyright: Khemthong Tonsakulrungruang (iNaturalist user). more information please contact with us.