Large-scaled Pit Viper ( Trimeresurus macrolepis Beddome, 1862 )

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Name
Scientific Name: 
Trimeresurus macrolepis (Beddome, 1862)
Regional Names: 
English: 
Large-scale Pit Viper
Kannada: 
ದೊಡ್ಡಪಟ್ಟೆಯ ಮಂಡಲ ಹಾವು
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Distribution: 
Venom Type: 
Haemotoxic
Family: 
Characteristics for identification: 

Dorsal body perrot green or yellowish-green. Very large scales in whole body and much lower in number as compared to other Pit Vipers of India.

Description: 

Total length 47.5 cm (Male), 58 cm (Female) mm; tail length 11 cm (Male), 11.5 cm (Female).

Scalation
Head: 
Supralabial 7 or 8; first completely separated from nasal; single row of scales between supralabial and elongated subocular; supraocular very large; separated by 1 or 3 large scales.
Dorsal: 
Keeled and strongly imbricated scales in 17:12-15:9/10 rows.
Ventral: 
133-140 (Male), 135-143 (Female).
Sub Caudal: 
53-56 (Male), 44-58 (Female); paired; tail prehensile. Hemipenis extends to 20th-21st caudal plate, forked opposite the 5th.
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