Beautiful Pit Viper

Trimeresurus venustus

Petite, Colorful, Venomous

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!

About the Species

Beautiful pit vipers are venomous. It is an arboreal species, spending much of its time in the trees.

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

Words From the Experts


These snakes have a heat sensory organ located right in front of each eye, known as the "heat pits"- hence the name pit viper!

Did You Know?

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


76 cm


Small rodents, lizards, amphibians, birds


No known predators

Natural Defenses

Venom, coloration


Ovoviviparous (bearing live young)


Not Listed

Life Expectancy

Up to 20 years

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