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Snake in hand

From snake temple, Penang, Malaysia.

 

A snake in the hand is worth two in the bush.

 

Wagler's pit viper or temple viper

Trimeresurus wagleri

 

Description: Green with white cross bands edged with blue or purple. It has two dorsal lines on both sides of its head.

 

Characteristics: It is also known as the temple viper because certain religious cults have placed venomous snakes in their temples. Bites are not uncommon for the species; fortunately, fatalities are very rare. It has long fangs. Its venom is hemo-toxic causing cell and tissue destruction. It is an arboreal species and its bites often occur on the upper extremities.

 

Habitat: Dense rain forests, but often found near human settlements.

 

Length: Average 60 centimeters, maximum 100 centimeters.

 

Distribution: Malaysian Peninsula and Archipelago, Indonesia, Borneo, the Philippines, and Ryuku Islands.

 

Featured in Explore (Highest position: 381 on Tuesday, February 27, 2007).

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Taken on August 21, 2006