Sabah Pit Viper

Popeia sabahi

Popeia sabahi is a venomous pitviper species endemic to the island of Borneo.
Resting on Tummy In this picture, can see that the stomach is a bit bloated, it probably has just eaten something. Malaysia,Pit Viper,Popeia sabahi,Sabah,Sabah Pit Viper,Snake,Viper

Appearance

Adults may attain a snout-vent length (SVL) of 62 cm (24 in).

Dorsally, it is uniform green, without crossbars. Ventrally it is pale green. There is narrow bicolor stripe on the first one and a half dorsal scale rows. In males this stripe is rust-colored or red below, and it is white above. In females it is yellow or white. The iris of the eye is red or orange in adults of both sexes, but in young specimens may be yellowish-green. There are no markings behind the eye.
Beauty and the Viper On the same tree that this Pit Viper was resting, there was an Orchid plant that has fallen from the tree above, it has managed to 'grow' on the small tree and there was a single flower left on its flower stalk. I didn't even noticed the tiny Orchid on the first day I found this Snake as I was more focused on it but when I showed the Snake to JD member ChunXingWong 2 days later, he noticed the tiny Orchid while we were taking turns to take the pic. We had lots of fun taking pics of both the Snake and Orchid. Malaysia,Pit Viper,Popeia sabahi,Sabah,Sabah Pit Viper,Snake,Viper

Naming

Some authorities classify this species in the genus Popeia. It was formerly known as Trimeresurus popeorum sabahi.
A Sabah Pit Viper coiled in vegetation This was probably a subadult male, though could be a young female. Geotagged,Malaysia,Sabah Pit Viper,Trimeresurus sabahi,Winter

Distribution

Found on the island of Borneo in East Malaysia (Sabah and Sarawak) and Indonesia (North Kalimantan). The type locality given is "Mount Kinabalu, Kulapis River, British North Borneo".
Bug on Face A nymph of a bug was seen crawling up the face of this Pit Viper but it doesn't bothers it at all. Malaysia,Pit Viper,Popeia sabahi,Sabah,Sabah Pit Viper,Snake,Tawau,Trimeresurus sabahi,Viper

Habitat

It inhabits mountainous regions at altitudes from 1,000 m (3,300 ft) to 1,150 m (3,770 ft), where it is commonly found on branches of shrubs and other low vegetation.

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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionChordata
ClassReptilia
OrderSquamata
FamilyViperidae
GenusPopeia
SpeciesP. sabahi
Photographed in
Malaysia