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Scientific name:
Protobothrops mangshanensis 

Conservation Status:
Endangered

Where to see them in the zoo:
World of Reptiles

Fun Facts:

Chinese mountain vipers are one of the few vipers that lay eggs, and the mothers will aggressively protect them. 
 
Chinese mountain vipers have white tail tips that may help them lure prey. 
 
This species is one of the largest venomous snakes in China.
 

 

 Chinese mountain viper

Size: 
5 to 7 feet 
 
Range:
This viper is only known from a very small area in Hunan Province, China. 
 
Habitat:
Wet subtropical forests 
 
Lifestyle:
Chinese mountain vipers are fairly inactive snakes, preferring to stay in one place and ambush their prey.  
 
Food:
Chinese mountain vipers mainly eat birds and rodents.  
 
Life Cycle:
There is very little known about this rare snake. Females can lay up to 27 eggs that hatch in about 50 days. 
 
Some of My Neighbors (IN THE WILD):
Yellow-breasted pheasant, Sika deer, and rare golden cat among many other species. 
 
Population Status & Threats:
These snakes are threatened by illegal logging in their native habitat. They are also illegally hunted for food. Other than humans, adult Chinese mountain vipers have few major predators.