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Male and female vipers

The lovely BAMBOO VIPER . In Hong Kong specifically we have Trimeresurus albolabris.

This post is about Male and female vipers.

Males - as shown in the photos in this blog - are smaller than females with a distinctive white stripe above the lip running laterally down the length of the body giving rise to it's formal common name the 'White-Lipped Viper'. Both male and female have characteristically triangular shaped head with yellow/gold eyes containing vertical pupils.

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These snakes are active at night and occasionally roost in bushes during the day. The Bamboo Viper is an ambush predator that will wait in a single position ready to strike. They are a viper and have relatively long retractable fangs and will bite readily at anything that comes within range that they think is a food item. Generally not prone to give chase but will hold their ground if they feel cornered. Not actively aggressive but will not hesitate to bite if touched or scared. A bite from a Bamboo Viper should be considered very serious and medical attention should be sought immediately. Although not known to be deadly serious damage can occur from a bite even if treated and complications can always arise. (Check out Adam's excellent videos here :

This was one of 5 vipers and six snakes that we found on our night walk in SaiKung in late October.


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