Jerdon's Pit Viper
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Family: Viperidae
Common name: Jerdon's pit viper
Scientific name: Protobothrops jerdonii
Species: T. jerdonii
At birth: 180-230mm (7-9in)
Maximum: 990mm (39in)
Toxin: Hemotoxic, Bites from this species result in intense local pain and swelling.
Blood Test: Bleeding time clotting time, Blood urea, Serum creatinine (Every 2 hours)
Region : India (Assam; Arunachal Pradesh (Siddi (= Gandhigram) – Changlang district) and many other regions), Nepal, N Myanmar (= Burma), N Vietnam, SW China (east to Guangxi and Hubei, north to Henan and west to Gansu; Yunnan, Szechwan), elevation 1200-1470 m jerdonii: India (Assam), Myanmar (Burma), China (Yunnan) meridionalis: N Vietnam; Type locality: Khasi Hills, India. This particular individual is spotted in a dry area along the road
Description: Scales in 21 longitudinal rows at midbody (rarely 23); snout length a little more than twice diameter of eye; head above, except for large internasals and supraoculars, covered by small, unequal, smooth scales that are feebly imbricate or juxtaposed; first labial completely separated from nasal by a suture; internasals separated by 1–2 small scales; 6–9 small scales in line between supraoculars; 7–8 upper labials, third and fourth beneath eye, in contact with subocular or separated by at most a single series of small scales; ventral's (see Remarks below): males 164–188, females 167–193; subcaudals: males 50–78, females 44–76. Total length males 835 mm, females 990 mm; tail length males 140 mm, females 160 mm. [after LEVITON 2003]
Etymology: Named after Thomas Claverhill Jerdon (1811-1872), British physician, zoologist, and botanist who became an Assistant Surgeon in the East India Company.
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