Facts about Mang Mountain Pit Viper "Scientific name for Mang Mountain Pit Viper snake is Trimeresurus mangshanensis". Mang Mountain Pit Viper is a poisonous pitviper variety of snake that belongs to the genus Trimeresurus of the Viperidae family. These pitvipers are native to China and they are largely found in Guangdong and Hunan provinces in China. The Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snakes are reputed to be one among the two species beside the Rinkhals except cobras recognized to spit poison. They can be seen in most parts of the South China, such as Mangshan, Pingkeng and the Yizhang County in Hunan, and from the Ruyuan Yao Autonomous County in the Guangdong province. The Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snakes are found in mature wooded areas at a height that range from 700 meters to 1300 meters above sea level (2300 to 4265 feet).
Features of Mang Mountain Pit Viper
The Mang Mountain Pitviper is a big size snake that attains a maximum body length of 7 feet (2.1 meter) when fully grown. They have a stout body, with a maximum body mass, ranging from 6.6 pounds (3 kg) to 11 pounds (5 kg). The Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snakes have a brown and green color body, which is an ideal camouflage for moving around a woodland floor, and if the snake waits motionless, it appears to vanish. The fangs of the Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snakes are the only teeth they have. They have two tube-like fangs, with a length of 2 cm (7/8 inches), and the length of these fangs are associated with the overall length of their nose or vent. If one fang is lost, a fresh fang moves into place.
Usually, the Mang Mountain Pitviper has a white color tail with a length of 4 inches (10.1 cm). They have a big-size, triangular-shaped head, with green color eyes. The Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snake has fangs on its upper jaws, which rotate to infuse the poison on its prey. The Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snakes have a minute depression of infrared-sensitive pit-organ between their eye and nostril, and on both sides of their head to detect the heat discharged by their prospective prey or predators.
Sexual dimorphism can be easily observed between genders in Mang Mountain Pitviper snakes. Male vipers possess slightly longer tails than the female ones, and the female vipers are somewhat more robust and heavier than the males.
The Mang Mountain Pitviper is largely found in the hilly regions in the southern parts of Hunan. They can also be seen in adjacent areas, chiefly in wooded areas with thick plants and cover. The Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snake often rests against logs and other formations along animal tracks to ambush prey, and they can also be seen in many caves in the region. Usually, the Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snakes prefer winter temperatures in the area that come close to sub-zero, and more than 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 c) during the summer season.
The Mang Mountain Pitviper is recorded as endangered on the source that they have a level of incidence and area of habitation both not likely to go beyond 300 square kilometers (185 square miles). The Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snake is recognized from two locations in danger from harvesting for the global pet trade, and there is an ongoing decline in the amount of mature snakes.
Diet of Mang Mountain Pit Viper
The Mang Mountain Pitviper mostly feeds on frogs, Insects, and creatures, according to their body size.
Behavior of Mang Mountain Pit Viper
The winters in the home of the Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snake have several days of cold temperatures. As the winter season approaches, these snakes move slowly under rock ledges and into caves. The Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snakes that go to the deepest will have the finest possibility of surviving pending spring. Even though the bite of the Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snakes can deliver a lethal dose of poison, most of the time they are shy. However, a female Mang Mountain Pit Vipe snake will safeguard her nest of eggs cautiously and violently bite any individual that attempts to steal its eggs. During mating season, male vipers used to combat each other for mating with female vipers.