19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Malabar Pit Viper waiting for prey in heavy rain

Malabar pit viper was waiting in heavy rain on a tree twig for its prey. Malabar pit viper species endemic to the Western Ghats, Malabar Pit Vipers are found in the hilly terrains of Karnataka, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa and Maharashtra. Malabar Pit Vipers display a range of colours from green, brown, orange, yellow to chocolate brown, enabling them to camouflage well in their surroundings. They prey on small birds, frogs and lizards. Malabar Pit Vipers are creatures of habit and frequent the same resting spot repeatedly.

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Date Taken: 09.2021
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: Amboli, India, India
Camera: NIKON D5
Copyright: © apurba Das