Pit vipers span a huge portion of the world. In Asia, pit
vipers extend from eastern Europe to Japan and Indonesia.
Specifically, the Bamboo pit viper is mostly found in the dense
jungles of Southern
India. Some Individual snakes may be in other southeast
Asia countries like China and Nepal, but for the most part this
species is isolated in southern India.
The Bamboo pit vipers prefer the cool
environment created by dense jungle or bamboo foliage.
Bamboo pit vipers are often found close to streams, where
there is an abundance of small prey to hunt. The thick
foliage provides for coverage for the Bamboo pit viper to hide
from prey and predator, as well as coverage from the
unpredictable jungle weather. The climate in Southern
India is mostly a warm, wet, tropical climate.
snakes, pit vipers are solitary creatures, coming together only
to mate. However, Bamboo
pit vipers interact with smaller prey
and larger predator
mammals. Ideally a Bamboo pit viper
would live in an environment where there is only prey and no predators.
Obviously, this is unlikely, so the Bamboo pit vipers have many
adaptations that allow them to hide
from predators and catch prey. The pit vipers also share
their environment with other organisms such as the
Asian elephant and the
red panda, though there is not much interaction between
Bamboo pit vipers and larger animals.
Like many other organisms, the Bamboo pit viper is
threatened by human expansion into their habitat. India's
population is increasing very rapidly, and as humans tear down
the jungles in southern India, they are destroying the Bamboo
pit vipers home. Because these pit vipers are only found
in a small part of the world, destroying their habitat can
happen quickly, and the Bamboo pit viper could become extinct in
a very short time. Hopefully, laws will soon be created to
protect the Bamboo pit viper's home before its too late.
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