19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Malabar Pit viper waiting for its prey on Tree Twig

Endemic to the Western Ghats, Malabar pit vipers are nocturnal snakes that are very much at home in the dense wet rainforests of Amboli. They can sometimes be seen sitting on rocks and trees near streams during the day. Like other vipers, Malabar pit vipers don’t lay eggs, instead they give birth to live young, around four to five babies at a time. These newborn snakes are able to kill prey and fend for themselves almost immediately. During my visit Amboli rainforest of Westernghat, I found that Malaber Pit Viper was sitting on tree twig duing heavy rain for its prey and I captured it.

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Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: Amboli, Maharastra,India, India
Camera: NIKON D5
Copyright: © apurba Das