Bamboo Viper The Asian Killer
This snake is in great demand in the black market because of its rarity. If you go to Asia and visit the biggest countries, don't forget to see this magnificent species. The Bamboo Viper is part of the Viperidae family like the Rhinoceros Viper, a snake we saw just before on another blog.
From its Latin name, Trimeresurus albolabris 🐍, it is also called the Asian Spearhead. This snake is mostly known among collectors because it has a false reputation as a safe snake.
The countries where you should be really careful if you are walking in the rainforests 🌴 will be:
- Southern of China
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1. Description of the Bamboo Viper
It is a venomous snake very well known in Asia. It has a rather characteristic colour; at the dorsal level, it is very bright green, and at the central level, the green becomes lighter, so we have a small effect of degradation. This species has quite remarkable differences between males and females. The females can reach a length of 80cm and have a pure green colour. On the other hand, the males have a maximum length of 60 cm with a white line on the lateral level (on all its length), giving a famous "white lip."
2. Bamboo Viper Reproduction
Bamboo Viper reproduces after the rainy season 🌧️. This snake is ovoviviparous; it can give birth to between 8 and 12 small rattlesnakes already formed of about twenty centimetres.
3. Bamboo Viper Toxicity ☠️
Collectors often consider it as a snake of lesser toxicity. However, scientists have studied and sometimes even experimented with this toxin. They came to two conclusions. This venom causes incredible pain, but calms down quickly. And secondly, the toxin in question is hemotoxic and therefore causes coagulation problems, sometimes even to the point of death.
In Southeast Asia, the frequent bites of the Bamboo Viper are fortunately rarely serious.
4. Bamboo Viper Diet
The Bamboo Viper is a nocturnal hunter 🏹; you wonder for sure how it locates its prey? He will use heat-sensitive dimples between his nostrils and eyes, allowing him to locate his prey, mainly rodents, quite easily. The Bamboo Viper also has a dentition of solenoglyph type, allowing him to retract their hooks when the venom's injection like his cousins in America.
It lives suspended in the trees, waiting for its prey to come as close as possible. Its camouflage allows it to go unnoticed until it can make its prey believe it is on a branch.
This snake is very poorly known, yet its toxicity would deserve to dwell on it. So if you visit Asia, you know that a snake with this characteristic green colour in a tropical forest will not ask you any questions and take a picture with it, NO it's a joke 😜. But admire this beautiful creature.
👉 If you want to continue your adventure in the world of snakes, this magnificent creature, you can discover our article on the Rhinoceros Viper.