Geographical Range Southern Hunan region of China
Habitat Mountainous forests
Scientific Name Zhaoermia mangshanensis
Conservation Status Threatened

This is one of the largest Asian vipers, growing more than six feet long. It lives mostly in heavily forested areas where it often hides along animal trails to ambush prey.

Like all pitvipers, this is a venomous snake. But in addition to injecting venom when it bites its prey, there are reports that this snake can also spit venom at would-be predators. The Mt. Mang pitviper can survive in near-freezing winter temperatures or in scorching summer heat.