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Jerdon’s Pitviper

With the specific name ‘jerdonii’ being in honor of British herpetologist Thomas C. Jerdon, who collected the type series, the Jerdon’s pitviper is a poisonous snake that has 3 recognized subspecies.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Subfamily Viperinae
    Genus Vipera
    Species V. kaznakovi
    Scientific Name Vipera kaznakovi

    Other Names Jerdon’s pit viper, yellow-speckled pit viper, oriental pit viper, Bourret’s pitviper (subspecies), Red spotted pitviper (subspecies)
    Length 835-990 mm (32.9-39 in)
    Coloration Patterns in shades of emerald and brown (vary between subspecies)
    Distribution India (Assam), Bangladesh, Myanmar, Tibet, China and Vietnam
    Habitat Tropical rainforests
    Diet Rodents like rats, mice, and amphibians like toads, frogs
    Venom Fact Venomous
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 13th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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