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Sri Lankan Pit Viper

As the name suggests, the Sri Lankan Pit Viper is a poisonous serpent species found in Sri Lanka (Ceylon).



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Subfamily Crotalinae
    Genus Trimeresurus
    Species T. trigonocephalus
    Scientific Name Trimeresurus trigonocephalus


    Other Names Sri Lankan pit viper, Ceylon pit viper, Sri Lankan green pitviper, pala polonga (local name)
    Length 20–25 cm (7.9–9.8 in)
    Coloration Light to bright green with dark patterns
    Distribution Throughout Sri Lanka
    Habitat Wet zone grasslands and rain forest areas and occasionally in plantations of cardamom, cocoa, coffee, and tea
    Diet Lizards, frogs, small mammals, and birds
    Venom Fact Venomous

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    Published on April 3rd 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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