Large-eyed pitviper

Imagine gazing into its eyes—large, resplendent orbs that mirror the lush foliage around them

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Nestled within the mist-shrouded cloud forests of Southeast Asia, the large-eyed pitviper emerges as a masterpiece of evolution, captivating the imagination with its striking appearance and intriguing behavior. As its name suggests, one of the most remarkable features of this species is its large, expressive eyes, which seem to hold secrets of the forest depths.

The large-eyed pitviper is a relatively small snake, with adults typically reaching lengths of around 60-80 cm (24-32 inches). It has a thick, robust body with a triangular-shaped head and a short, blunt snout. The coloration of this species can vary, but it is typically a bright green or olive green with dark brown or black markings.

As a venomous snake, the large-eyed pitviper possesses primarily hemotoxic venom, destroying red blood cells and causing tissue damage. While its venom is not considered as potent as some other vipers, it can still cause significant pain, swelling, and tissue necrosis if a person is bitten.

The large-eyed pitviper is primarily nocturnal and arboreal, meaning it is active at night and spends most of its time in trees. It is an ambush predator, waiting for prey to come within striking distance before launching a quick and accurate strike. Its diet mainly consists of small mammals, birds, and amphibians.

Despite their fearsome appearance, large-eyed pitvipers are often surprisingly docile and reserved, preferring to avoid conflict unless provoked. Their calm demeanor belies their role as apex predators of the forest floor, where they lie in wait for unsuspecting prey to pass by.

Distribution

Country
Population est.
Status
Year
Comments
Cambodia
2011
Laos
2011
Thailand
2011
Vietnam
2011
Presence Uncertain

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No