Geographical Range Southwestern China
Habitat Rocky, grassy slopes in mountain areas
Scientific Name Protobothrops jerdonii xanthomelas
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

This boldly patterned pitviper is at home in the high mountains of southwest China. It lives among the rocks in the grassy hillsides. This viper's behavior is directly related to weather conditions. If it is wet, it will sit on rocks and bask in the sunlight. If the weather turns dry, however, it will hide below the ground in rock crevices.

Did You Know?

This snake is venomous.