||Name: Wagler's Pit Viper|
|Scientific name: Tropidolaemus wagleri|
|Range: Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippine Islands, Singapore, S. Thailand|
|Habitat: tropical rain forest, desert, or high mountains|
|Status: Not threatened|
|Diet in the wild: small mammals, birds, other vertebrates|
|Location in the zoo: Herpetarium|
Wagler's pit vipers are very anti-social.
They do not like to be near other snakes in captivity or in the wild.
The pit viper uses it pit organs to detect prey then injects it with venom
from its fangs.
|Special anatomical, physiological
or behavioral adaptations:
Pit vipers have special pit organs located on their heads. These pit organs are to detect prey. They are camouflaged when in the trees because they are a greenish yellow. Pit vipers have long fangs that inject a haemotoxic venom. This kind of venom is poisonous to the blood stream.
|Comments about the Pit Viper of the Fort Worth Zoo:
The Wagler's Pit Vipers are very lethargic
and require adequate hydration in captivity.
|Source Materials and Related Links:|
WhoZoo Animal Index
Reptiles and Amphibians at the Fort Worth Zoo