Thailand Snake Photos – Green Pit Viper

White Lipped Green Pit Viper in Thailand
White Lipped Green Pit Viper in Thailand - I think.

A reader, Jeremy Gatten, sent this photo (used with permission) of a green pit viper he found one night while looking for owls near Wat Tham Pha Plong near Chiang Dao in Thailand’s north. I was thinking it was. He had squatted down to rest and heard a little rustle in the brush – and found this amazing specimen of… well, pit viper. I don’t know which one it is – but, I’m guessing it’s the White Lipped Pit Viper.

Jeremy himself narrowed it down to one of two – either Trimeresurus macrops or Trimeresurus albolabris (White Lipped Pit Viper).

What do you think?

Note – do be very careful not to be bitten by any of the green pit vipers, their venom – while not usually deadly – is quite strong and can cause havoc in the human body. Vipers are typically identified (in general) by their small size (< 1 meter) and the triangle shaped head.

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Peter
9 years ago

I found one of these just lying on a low branck of a tree in my garden, I wasn’t sure what it was but know I am. I removed it with a long fishing rod, and it didn’t do anything, just held on a let me put it back in to the scrub land next door. Very striking colours.

Anita Malhotra
5 years ago

It’s difficult to tell from the picture alone, but from the head shape and eye color, it is more likely to be a female Pope’s pitviper.