Malcolm's pitviper (Trimeresurus malcolmi) from Mt.Kinabalu

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Malcolm's pitviper (Trimeresurus malcolmi) from Mt.Kinabalu

Post by mrtree » January 14th, 2019, 4:43 am

During my very first herping trip this year, from 3rd to 7th Jan, I found this beautiful snake on the last night. Well, it is my snake of year 2019 for sure.
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Re: Malcolm's pitviper (Trimeresurus malcolmi) from Mt.Kinab

Post by Fieldherper » January 14th, 2019, 10:50 am

Amazingly beautiful!!

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Re: Malcolm's pitviper (Trimeresurus malcolmi) from Mt.Kinab

Post by Kelly Mc » January 17th, 2019, 2:19 pm

Holy woe thats Beautiful. Check out the scarlet subcaudals.

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Re: Malcolm's pitviper (Trimeresurus malcolmi) from Mt.Kinab

Post by Kelly Mc » January 17th, 2019, 2:20 pm

Oh wait - the whole tail is red?!

Whats that about !

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Re: Malcolm's pitviper (Trimeresurus malcolmi) from Mt.Kinab

Post by Jimi » January 17th, 2019, 4:33 pm

Oh wait - the whole tail is red?!

Whats that about !
Nobody but God knows the answer to that. But apparently the deity liked the idea enough to use it over, and over, and over. Many SE Asian arboreal vipers have reddish tails. Sometimes it varies by gender or population, but it's common. Gonyosoma oxycephalum is a colubrid from the same general region, with some morphs/localities showing the same tendency. Mimicry? Temporary loss of creativity? Ha ha.

Thanks Hang for the malcolmi pics. Was it cold up there? Is that a relatively drier or wetter time of year at that site?

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Re: Malcolm's pitviper (Trimeresurus malcolmi) from Mt.Kinab

Post by Kelly Mc » January 17th, 2019, 7:02 pm

OmiGod, oxys do have red tails.

Its enough to have me bumping into things for days

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