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; sometimes 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". This is where they get the name pit viper from.
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.
Home range from Southeast Asia to southern China and Japan and the Malay Archipelago to Timor.
Native habitat in forest and open woodlands
Adults grow to more than 76 cm in length.
Their diet includes a variety of animals including rodents, lizards, amphibians and birds.
Their venom and coloration provide protection.
Beautiful pit vipers are ovoviviparous, bearing live young.
Up to 20 years