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You mocking me?

December 11, 2018

yes, this is the Mock Viper, Psammodynastes pulverulentus . and it is a harmless mimic of real viper.

Loves forested hills, and is diurnal - meaning it hunts by day. Can be found in small branches at night sometimes, tho not primarily arboreal. 

A rather fierce looking snake, and can bluff either by playing dead (like a stick) or assumes the “S” stance of a true viper, and looks ready to strike. 

 For more information about this lovely little snake, please go to www.hongkongsnakeid.com, our sister site; and check tomorrow, as i will present a gallery of pictures of some of many mocks i have found. 

 

Its rear fangs and venom are harmless to humans, although one of my friends reported a slight tingling after a bite.

 

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