White-lipped Tree Viper

Cryptelytrops albolabris
White Lipped Tree Viper - Cryptelytrops albolabris

Range: Southeast Asia from southern China down through Thailand and into Indonesia.

Description: These vipers have a bright green body with the side of the head below the eye being yellowish, pale green, or white, much lighter than the rest of the body, which gives this snake its common name. These snakes can grow to be between 30 and 40 inches in length. White-lipped tree vipers also have a brownish tail and bright yellow eyes.

Habitat: Tropical forests and scrublands, also often found in agricultural plantations. These snakes are arboreal which means they live in the trees and rarely come down to the ground.

Diet:
Zoo: Rodents
Wild: Small mammals, birds, and lizards

Reproduction: Female white-lipped tree vipers give birth to about 15 live young.

Fun Fact: White-lipped tree vipers have two heat sensing pits on the front of their face which they can use to sense the body heat of warm blooded prey animals.