A new venomous green snake species spotted at Umroi Military Station in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya
Recently a new venomous green snake species named 'Trimesurus mayai' or Maya pit viper has been spotted at Umroi Military Station in Ri-Bhoi district of Meghalaya.
This snake-species is named in honour of the late mother of Colonel Yashpal Singh Rathi – 'Maya'.
This new species is also relatively common in Meghalaya, Mizoram and Guwahati (Assam).
Key Features of the Maya Pit Viper
The length of this snake is about 750 mm.
It is very similar to the Pope's pit viper in appearance, but its eye colour is different.
Pit vipers are found from deserts to rainforests.
These can be terrestrial, arboreal or aquatic. Some of these species lay eggs and other species give birth to live young.
Venomous pit viper species include the hump-nosed pit viper, mangrove pit viper and Malabar pit viper.
Russell's Viper and Saw-scaled Viper are two of the most venomous viper species found in India, which is one of the four most venomous and deadliest snakes in India.
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