04 December 2009
Green Pit Viper
This reptile is known as Sri Lankan Pit Viper or Green Pit Viper. (Pala Polanga in Sinhalese)
This colorful snake is found mostly in forest areas of Sri Lanka, both low lands and mountains up to medium heights. It is usually seen resting on foliage of trees, shrubs or creepers. Sometimes it stays in the same place for weeks. Although it is a venomous snake, I have not heard about any fatal bites by this species.
It is good to take a few precautions while hiking in dense forests with thick undergrowth. I have mentioned some simple but very effective methods in one of my previous posts.
I captured this one during my recent trip to Sinharaja rain forest. This is the first time I have come across a green pit viper in all my hikes. I could not move closer to get a macro view for obvious reasons.