Trimeresurus Salazar: New Species of green pit viper found
Part of: GS Prelims and GS-III – Biodiversity
- A new species of green pit viper has been discovered in Arunachal Pradesh recently which was named Trimeresurus Salazar.
- It has been collected from the Pakke Tiger Reserve in Pakke-Kessang district in Arunachal Pradesh.
Important value additions:
Trimeresurus Salazar – Green pit viper
- Green pit viper is a common name for several venomous snakes and may refer to:
- Trimeresurus albolabris (native to southeastern Asia from India to China and Indonesia)
- Trimeresurus macrops (native to Thailand, Cambodia and Vietnam)
- Trimeresurus trigonocephalus (endemic to Sri Lanka)
- And, now, newly discovered Trimeresurus Salazar (Arunachal Pradesh)
- Salazar’s pit viper belongs to the genus Trimeresurus Lacépède.
- They are morphologically and ecologically diverse species.
- They are distinguished by their heat-sensing pit organs between the eye and the nostril.
- IUCN status of Trimeresurus Salazar: yet to be known.
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