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Back off! Hump-nosed pit viper (Family - Hypnale Hypnale) - This snake species belongs to the venomous line of Pit Vipers, and is endemic to India and Sri-Lanka. They don&#039;t bear the strongest venom, but if their bite is untreated within a few hours, it can be potentially fatal to humans. Looking like dead tree barks / branches or even leaves sometimes, they are hard to spot, which increases the risk of getting bitten by them in the wild.<br />
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They are endemic to India and Sri-Lanka, and they live in wet and humid conditions. I clicked this image during my trek to Gerusoppa, Shimoga (Western Ghats) here in South India, where the lush green jungles are a bliss to eyes! Danger lurks in every footstep in such dense forests, and one must be extremely careful about every step they take. To make the matters worse, such places are usually Leech infested! Geotagged,Hump-nosed pit viper,Hypnale hypnale,India,bite,crawl,gerusoppa,hypnale,scales,shimoga,snake,venom,viper,western ghats Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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Hump-nosed pit viper (Family - Hypnale Hypnale) - This snake species belongs to the venomous line of Pit Vipers, and is endemic to India and Sri-Lanka. They don't bear the strongest venom, but if their bite is untreated within a few hours, it can be potentially fatal to humans. Looking like dead tree barks / branches or even leaves sometimes, they are hard to spot, which increases the risk of getting bitten by them in the wild.

They are endemic to India and Sri-Lanka, and they live in wet and humid conditions. I clicked this image during my trek to Gerusoppa, Shimoga (Western Ghats) here in South India, where the lush green jungles are a bliss to eyes! Danger lurks in every footstep in such dense forests, and one must be extremely careful about every step they take. To make the matters worse, such places are usually Leech infested!

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  1. My girlfriend will be so happy to read this. We're visiting Sri Lanka later this year and she is terrified of snakes. Posted 5 years ago
    1. haha.. In that case, may be it is better to not make her happy just yet ;)

      I haven't been to Sri-Lanka, but I hear from those who have been there that it is a spectacular place, filled with eye pleasing landscapes and wilderness!
      Posted 5 years ago
      1. That's why we're going :) Posted 5 years ago

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''Hypnale hypnale'' is a venomous pitviper species endemic to India and Sri Lanka. No subspecies are currently recognized.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Jivko Nakev
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By Avinash Krishnamurthy

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Uploaded Sep 6, 2014. Captured Jul 14, 2012 10:48 in Kanoor Fort Road, Urulagallu, Karnataka 581384, India.
  • DMC-FZ35
  • f/4.0
  • 1/100s
  • ISO400
  • 36.4mm