Reptile

Mang Mountain Pit Viper

Area: 
China
Habitat: 
Forests
Food: 
Insects, frogs, and mammals, depending on the size of the snake
Size: 
Up to 7 feet long
Babies: 
A 16-inch-long youngster hatches out of an egg about the size of a chicken egg
Fangs are the only teeth a viper has. If one is lost, a new fang moves into place.
A Secretive SnakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded.

 

 

As far as we know, no one had ever seen a Mang Mountain pit viper until 1989. Its green and brown coloring is perfect camouflageThe color or pattern of an animal's covering that is similar to the animal's surroundings, and therefore helps hide it. May also be related to smell, as in lions rolling in elephant dung to camouflage their scent. for moving around a forest floorThe ground layer of a rain forest., and if the snakeAn animal with a long, scaly body and no arms, legs, or wings. Snakes have backbones and are cold-blooded. stays still, it seems to vanishTo disappear, often never to return again.!

 

The winters in this viper’s habitatWhere an animal or plant normally lives and grows. have many days of freezing temperatures. As colder days approach, Mang Mountain pit vipers crawl into caves and under rock ledges. Scientists have found that the snakes that go the deepest have the best chance of surviving until spring.

 

Although their bite can deliver a deadly dose of venom, these snakes are shy most of the time. But a female will guard her nest of eggs carefully and bite any creature that tries to steal them!