31
May
09

Know your vipers?

How about this one?

Monotypic genus, once considered a relative of a North American genus, but alas, it is not closely related. It has a subcutaneous LD50 of 9-10 mg/kg along with a fairly high venom yield.

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3 Responses to “Know your vipers?”


  1. 1 Colloquy
    May 31, 2009 at 6:24 pm

    Well – I think you’ve stumped my boys. My son said … “It’s a viper of some kind”… then I showed him the title – lol. 🙂 My husband said said it looked like a wagglers viper? or wang viper? (I’m not sure if I heard him correctly ) my son just went in to his room mumbling something about a rattlesnake – so thanks a lot!!
    I now have a house full of confused men! Oh well – I guess that’s ok.;-)

  2. 2 jaredcormier
    May 31, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    Well, it is certainly a viper; pitviper, to be specific. Your husband is REALLY close, phylogenetically, but wrong genus. That is, if he was talking about Tropidolaemus wagleri. Definitely not a rattlesnake, either.

    I’d like to know what made him say Wagler’s Pit Viper… What characteristics look similar?

  3. 3 Colloquy
    May 31, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    He said it just looked Asian to him. (He’s tired I don’t think I’m gonna get much else out of him)

    BTW – Thanks for the answer. 🙂


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