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Pit Viper, Mangshan

Mangshan Pit Viper (Photo by Ian Recchio)

Scientific Name: Protobothrops mangshanensis

In Mandarin, the word “mǎng” actually means python and “shan” is the word for mountain. The mountain range from which this species is endemic was given the name Mangshan due to its snake-like shape.

Discovered for the first time in October 1989 in the Mangshan Mountains of Hunan, China, this pit viper does not spit venom, as has been speculated. Recent surveys have shown this species to be almost extinct in the wild.

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