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Reptilia > Squamata > Serpentes > Colubroidea > Viperidae > Crotalinae > Trimeresurus

Trimeresurus macrolepis Beddome, 1862 – Large-scaled Pit Viper

Taxonomic Notes:

This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


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Type Locality: Annamalai Hills (Tamil Nadu)
Rare, known to be endemic to southern Western Ghats, especially Annamalai hills (Tamil Nadu), Palni hills (Kerala), and Agasthyamalai hills (Kerala) (Srinivasulu et al., 2013).

Conservation Status:


This species is listed as Near Threatened in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species (https://www.iucnredlist.org/).


The species occurs in semi-evergreen hill forests, shola patches, tea, cardamom and coffee plantations (Srinivasulu et al., 2013). Large-scaled Pit Viper has density of one individual per 2km(Ganesh et al., 2010). Killing by people (during encounters) and road-killing are major threats to the species (Srinivasulu et al., 2013).
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Reptilia > Squamata > Serpentes > Colubroidea > Viperidae > Crotalinae > Trimeresurus


Cite this page along with its URL as:
Jangid, A.K. and A. Kamdar. 2021. Trimeresurus macrolepis Beddome, 1862 – Large-scaled Pit Viper. Kamdar, A., A, Jangid, P. Roy, and K. Kunte (eds.). Reptiles of India, v. 1.26. Indian Foundation for Butterflies.
http://www.indianreptiles.org/sp/515/Trimeresurus-macrolepis
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