Monday, July 1, 2013

Tree Vipers

Photo credit: Wikimedia Foundation

Trimeresurus is a genus of colorful and mildly toxic snakes from Asia and the Pacific Islands.

Along with several other genera in the family Crotalinae, these snakes – commonly known as tree vipers – are primarily arboreal, or tree-dwelling.

Photo credit: Khao Yai

As an adaptation to this lifestyle, many species sport prehensile tails, which allow them to hang and secure themselves while climbing and hunting.

Their diets mainly consist of small mammals, frogs, lizards, and birds.

Photo credit: Anne Devan-Song

Photocredit: Tapandaola

Photo credit: Michael Kern/Gardens of Eden

No comments:

Post a Comment