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Chinese Green Tree Pit Viper (Trimeresurus sp.)

This was my first encounter with a snake while bush-walking with the camera in Yunnan and it is quite a mesmerizingly beautiful creature. Snakes (and the potential implications of encountering snakes) is not something I have paid much heed to here unlike in Australia where it pays to be extremely vigilant anywhere you go. I am sure I have been close to snakes on numerous occasions without seeing them. This one paid me little attention and as you can see I got quite close, perhaps foolishly. The tree vipers are quite venomous with a potent haemotoxin and the most common cause of snakebite in Taiwan, for example.

Pu’er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese wildlife images on my Flickr site HERE…..

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