The beautiful pit viper is relatively small, with thin a thin body and prehensile tail. They are typically green in color, but some individuals also have yellow, black, orange or red markings; and sometimes even gold!
Beautiful pit vipers are usually colored brilliant greens, whites and browns, though sometimes these colors are muted. The snake is mainly nocturnal, and only active during the day after heavy rainfall.
These snakes have a heat sensory organ located right in front of each eye, known as the "heat pits"- hence the name pit viper!
One nickname for this snake among locals is "100 pace snake" in reference to the legend that, once bitten, a person can walk 100 more steps before dropping dead.
southeast Asia to southern China, Japan
Forests and open woodlands
Small rodents, lizards, amphibians, birds
No known predators
Ovoviviparous (bearing live young)
Up to 20 years