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Temple Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)



Temple Viper (Tropidolaemus wagleri)
Order: Squamata, Family: Viperidae

The temple viper has a large head and stout body. The viper's yellow-and-green body bears white, red, dark green or black spots or cross bands. The top of its head is black with green markings, its ventral shields are white with black edges, and its tail is black. The temple viper is venomous and dangerous, but not aggressive.



I. DESCRIPTION:

  • The temple viper has a large head and stout body.
  • The viper's yellow-and-green body bears white, red, dark green or black spots or cross bands. The top of its head is black with green markings, its ventral shields are white with black edges, and its tail is black.

II. GEOGRAPHIC RANGE AND HABITAT:

  • Temple vipers inhabit southern Thailand, west Malaysia, Singapore, parts of Indonesia and the Philippines.
  • Arboreal, the temple viper lives among low vegetation in forests, including mangrove, from sea level to 4,000 feet.

 

III. DIET:

  • Temple vipers are nocturnal, and hunt at night for lizards, frogs and other small mammals.

IV. LIFE CYCLE/SOCIAL STRUCTURE:

  • Females give birth to litters of up to 41 live young.
  • Juveniles are bright green with red-and-white spots or bars.

V. SPECIAL NOTES/ADAPTATIONS:

  • The temple viper is venomous and dangerous, but not aggressive.



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