Facts about Fea's Viper snake. "Scientific name for Fea's Viper snake is Azemiops feae". Fea's Viper snake is an Azemiops type of venomous snake that comes from the Viperidae family. The Fea's Viper snakes are considered the most primitive viper species and they are largely found in the Southeast Asian mountains in China, the southeastern parts of Vietnam and Tibet. Generally, the Fea's Viper snake can be seen in hilly regions at an altitude of 1000 meters (3280 feet). The Fea's Viper snakes prefer homes in cool climatic regions, with an average temperature of 20 degree Centigrade to 25 degree Centigrade (68 to 77 f). Occasionally, they are found in straw and grass, on roadsides, in rice grounds, and even in and around dwelling areas. The Fea's Viper snake is crepuscular, and prefers extremely damp environments for shelter.
Features of Fea's Viper snake
Neither of the genders of Fea's Viper snake variety has a body length more than one meter (3 feet 2 inches). The male Fea's Viper snake attains a body length of 72 cm 28 5/16 inches when matured, whereas the females have a body length of 71 to 78 cm (28 to 31 inches).
Fea's Viper snake has a reasonably strong body and a small tail, but their dorsal scales are softer rather than keeled similar to those of most vipers. The head of the Fea's Viper snake is somewhat flattened and has elliptical in shape, which has less numbers small scales, but with big shields, such as the elapids and the colubrids. Furthermore, the skull of the Fea's Viper snake is constructed in a different way when compared to other varieties in its family. However, it has a pair of hollow, turning fangs, even though these are small. The fangs contain a ridge at the tilt lateral to the ejection orifice, in addition to a blade-like arrangement on the ventral surface. The poison glands of the Fea's Viper snake are fairly small.
The Fea's Viper has a striking body color pattern. Dorsally, the basic body color of the snake is a glossy, profound blue-gray to black, marked by many widely spaced, skinny, white-orange color cross bands. The head of the Fea's Viper snake is orange to somewhat yellow in color with an unusual cross-pattern outlined in gray color. The eyes are yellow in color with perpendicular pupils. Ventrally, the Fea's Viper snake is olive-gray in color, with a few small lighter marks. Its throat and chin are multicolored with yellow.
The Fea's Viper has soft dorsal scales that are arranged in 17 chains in the middle part of their body. They have an undivided anal plate, but the subcaudals of the Fea's Viper snake are divided into two rows. There are about 180 ventral scales and 40 subcaudals.
The prefrontals and Internasals of the Fea's Viper snake are equal in length. The frontal is somewhat wider than long, almost three times as wide as the supraocular. Parietals are as elongated as their distance from the last part of their nose. The L’Oreal scale is tiny, pentagonal, and as high as long. The Fea's Viper snakes have two postoculars and two preoculars, and there are two big superposed anterior temporal, but only the upper in touch with the postoculars.
The Fea's Viper snake has six upper labials, such that the first and second are the smallest of the 6 labials, the third labial enters their eye, and the fourth and fifth labials are the largest. It has seven numbers lower labials, the first labial is a big one and forms a stitch with its associate, and the second is tiny. It has a pair of small chin shields. The Fea's viper snakes are oviparous and they hibernate during the winter season.
Diet of Fea's Viper snake
The Fea's Viper snake mostly feeds on small creatures in the wild. In the captive, they are fed with newborn mice.
Behavior of Fea's Viper snake
The Fea's Viper snake has a distinctive threat display. When the snake is disturbed, it compresses its body to create itself appear wider, and its jaws burst outwards posteriorly, offering the usually ovoid cranium a triangular shape. Occasionally, the Fea's Viper snake will quiver its tail. Finally, it will bite, during which it may or may not exploit its fangs.
The maximum lifespan of the Fea's Viper snake is 25 years.