The South East Asian pit viper species

The South-East Asian pit viper species

 

The South East Asian pit viper species, native to Southeast Asia may have different colouring depending on the stage of their life and where they are found.

Named the Temple Viper due to their abundance in the Temple of the Azure Cloud in Penang, Malaysia the species is found throughout most of Southeast Asia.

These vipers are tree dwellers who are mostly sluggish in the day and active at night.  Their diet consists mainly of rodents, birds and lizards.  When they are disturbed or when prey pass by, they can strike quickly.  Their venom paralyses their prey, but is not fatal to humans.