Green Morph Insular Pit Viper

Transitioning back to tropical Indonesian fauna… and snakes! … here’s another green morph of the insular pit viper (Trimeresurus insularis). These vipers always left me awestruck at how vibrant their colors were. Bright green vipers had always been sort of emblematic of tropical forests to me when I was young. I missed out on Bothriechis lateralis in Costa Rica, but I was excited to encounter nine insularis green morphs while on night hikes. On a particular island large predators such as komodo dragons and civets were scarce, and these arboreal vipers could be seen residing on low-hanging vegetation and even the forest floor.

Found slithering along the ground in the Lesser Sundas; shots taken after the viper recoiled defensively

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