01/03/2024

Snakes are not only beautiful but also ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs – Green Snake

Snakes are not only beautiful but also ᴅᴀɴɢᴇʀᴏᴜs – Green Snake

The Vogel’s Green Pit Viper is largely arboreal (lives in trees) like many other Pit vipers. The species is native to the southern portion of the Indochinese peninsula, from the western Dongraek Mountains of eastern Thailand throughout southern Laos, central and southern Vietnam, and to Cambodia. Within these nations. It commonly occurs in  hilly areas from 200– 1200m in elevation within moist evergreen forest, but also in vegetated grasslands.

Green Snake Behavior and Temperament: Green snakes are green because they are arboreal; they spend most of their time hanging and ʜᴜɴᴛɪɴɢ in plants and trees. Green snakes tend to be timid, shy snakes. They can be nervous and reluctant to feed and are therefore not recommended for beginner snake owners. Smooth and rough green snakes also tend to be sᴛʀᴇssᴇᴅ by handling, so they are better suited to just viewing. The body, tail and head shape of this species are typical of green pit vipers. Vogel’s Green Pit Viper (VGPV) can be quickly identified from other similar pit vipers by the typical stripe marking along the lower flanks which is either white, whitish blue, or whitish yellow. Pale spots on the upper spine are present in males and absent in females. Males are typically dark green and females a lighter paler green, and the eyes are yellow or yellowish green. Other distinguishing features require close-up examination of scales and other body features. The snake is also front fanged meaning the snake can inject its ᴘʀᴇʏ with ᴠᴇɴᴏᴍ then release again to chew or inject more ᴠᴇɴᴏᴍ with another ʙɪᴛᴇ. The VGPV can grow to a maximum total length in males 80 cm and females can grow to 110 cm.

Green Pit Viper – I believe this is a Gumprechts Green Pit Viper. Found in Asia and Pacific regions. As with most things I seem to get too close to, you don’t want to be ʙɪᴛᴛᴇɴ by this guy either. Locally known as “The 100 Pace Snake” because of a legend that says you’ll walk 100 paces after this guy ʙɪᴛᴇs you, then drop ᴅᴇᴀᴅ.

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