Saturday, December 3, 2011

Ssssnuggled at the comfort zone ....

....coiled below a tree trunk, the nocturnal Trimeresurus venustus barely blinked as it allowed its image to be frozen amongst multitude of flashes. This small pit viper is endemic to Southern Thailand and closely resembled the Trimeresurus kanburiensis, the Kanburi pit viper.
...... chanced upon this critter during a climb up a vertical limestone cliff in Nakhon Si Thammarat. Throwing caution to the wind, we fired indiscrimately ....

6 comments:

Hermes said...

What the most gorgeous markings.

Titania said...

That is a beautiful viper with its strong colours and pattern.One can see that it is nocturnal with such big eyes. Is it poisonous? Great photo.

Hort Log said...

yes indeed its Latin name means charming or beautiful pit viper.... and definitely venomous, though not usually lethal to humans.

Nat said...

Nature is amazing. This guy would make me a little nervous.

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Anonymous said...

I'm sure the reason it barely blinked is because of its lack of eyelids ;)

Gorgeous snake, great find!

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