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Maya’s Pit Viper : Green Snake

Maya’s Pit Viper : Green Snake

A new venomous green snake named Trimeresurus mayaae or Maya’s Pit viper was discovered from Umroi Military station in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.

About Maya’s Pit viper:

  • The snake measures about 750 mm in length
  • It looked very similar to Pope’s Pit Viper but the colour of the eyes was different.
  • This snake and the Pope’s Pit Viper have very different hemepenis, the copulatory organ.
  • According to a herpetologist, this new species was relatively common in Meghalaya, Mizoram and even in Guwahati.

About Pit Viper

  • Pit viper, any species of viper (subfamily Crotalinae) that has, in addition to two movable fangs, a heat-sensitive pit organ between each eye and nostril which together help it accurately aim its strike at its warm-blooded prey.
  • Pit vipers are found from deserts to rainforests.
  • They may be terrestrial, arboreal, or aquatic. Some species lay eggs; others produce live young.
  • The venomous pit vipers species includes hump-nosed pit viper, Mangrove pit viper and Malabar Pit Viper.
  • Russell’s Viper and Saw-scaled Viper are two most venomous vipers species found in India and member of big four poisonous and deadliest snakes in India.
  • These snake species are responsible for the majority of snake bites in India.