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White-lipped Pit Viper

White-lipped Pit Viper

White-lipped pit viper is a venomous viper found in Southeast Asia, including Thailand. Can grow up to 80 cm in length. Lips partially or completely fused with the nose. The head scales are small, slightly convex and smooth. The median body has 29 longitudinal rows of the dorsal scale. Hemipenes without thorns. Green above, the side of the head below the eyes is yellow. The eyes is yellow. The belly is green, yellowish or white underneath. The end of the tail is not mottled brown. They feed on birds, small frogs and small mammals. This snake doesn't strike and release its prey; it strikes and holds on to the prey item until it dies. The results of bites of this species range from mild infection to death. Results of bites from this species range from mild envenoming to death. The venom of white-lipped pit viper contains procoagulant properties. There have been numerous reported bites with few fatalities.

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