Common Mock Viper

Common Mock Viper

Mock viper, Dusky mock viper

Kingdom
Phylum
Subphylum
Class
Order
Suborder
Family
SPECIES
Psammodynastes pulverulentus
Population size
Unknown
LENGTH
up to 65 cm

Common mock vipers are small mildly-venomous snakes native to Asia. Their coloring varies ranging from grayish-beige to dark brown with dark longitudinal stripes. There are bright yellow and brick-red individuals. There is also a characteristic Y-shaped pattern often visible on top of their heads.

No

Nocturnal

Ca

Carnivore

Te

Terrestrial

Pr

Predator

Ov

Oviparous

Pr

Precocial

Po

Poisonous

So

Solitary

No

Not a migrant

C

starts with

Distribution

Geography

Common mock vipers are found in Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, northeast India, Bhutan, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Nepal, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. These snakes live in tropical moist forests often near the water.

Climate zones

Habits and Lifestyle

Common mock vipers are solitary and active both during the day and at night. They are largely terrestrial but may also climb bushes or trees and hang from branches over the water. When feeling threatened these snakes will form defensive coils and strike in a viper-like fashion.

Seasonal behavior

Diet and Nutrition

Common mock vipers are carnivores feeding on frogs and small lizards such as skinks or geckos.

Mating Habits

FEMALE NAME
female
MALE NAME
male
BABY NAME
snakelet

These snakes are ovoviviparous meaning that they give birth to live young. The embryos develop inside eggs that remain in the mother's body until they are ready to hatch.

Population

Population threats

Common mock vipers do not face any known threats at present.

Population number

Presently, the Common mock viper is not included in the IUCN Red List and its conservation status has not been evaluated.

References

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