TROPI­DOLAE­MUS SUB­AN­NU­LA­TUS

The Philip­pines’ most com­mon pit viper

Animal Scene - - SCALY SPECIAL - By WALLY SUAREZ

The Philip­pines is home to five known species of pit vipers* dis­trib­uted rather evenly across the ar­chi­pel­ago, par­tic­u­larly in high rain­fall ar­eas. Many of these snakes are found near hu­man habi­ta­tion, and although bites are sel­dom heard of, they do oc­cur none­the­less, although those re­sult­ing in fa­tal­i­ties seem rare. Let’s look into one of the most com­mon of our pit vipers, Tropi­dolae­mus sub­an­nu­la­tus.

Cleopa­tra’s Nee­dle (Photo cour­tesy of Cen­tre for Sus­tain­abil­ity PH)

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