Large Scaled Pit Viper
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Family : Viperidae
Common name: Large scaled pit viper
scientific name : Trimeresurus macrolepis (Beddome, 1862)
Species : T. macrolepis
Maximum: 580 (23in)
Toxin: Hemotoxi, 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: It is found in the mountains of southern India, in the Indian states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu, at elevations of 2,000-7,000 ft (610-2,100 m). The type is listed as "Anamalai hills (Tamil Nadu State, southwestern India)

Description: Dorsally, T. macrolepis is bright green, with blackish skin between the scales in some places. There is a yellow or white stripe on each side of the body, which runs along the first dorsal scale row. The upper lips are pale green, and there may be a black streak behind the eye. Ventrally, it is pale greenish. The dorsal scales, which are large, keeled, and overlapping, are arranged in only 12-15 rows at midbody. The dorsal scales in the 10 middle rows are always the largest, and additional rows are made up of smaller scales. An even number of dorsal scale rows is frequently found in this species, even though it is uncommon in snakes in general. Ventrals 133-143; subcaudals divided 44-58. The scales on the top of the head are very large, smooth, and overlapping. There is an elongate subocular, which is separated from the upper labials by a row of a few small scales. There are 7-8 upper labials, of which the 3rd is the largest.
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