- Common names: temple vipers.
Tropidolaemus is a genus of venomous pitvipers found in southern India and Southeast Asia. Currently, 4 species are recognized and no subspecies.
Tropidolaemus are sexually dimorphic. Females can attain total lengths of up to 1 meter (39â inches), but males are typically only around 75Â cm (29Â½ inches). They have a distinctly broad, triangular-shaped head and a relatively thin body.
They are found in a wide variety of colours and patterns, which are often referred to as "phases". Some sources even classify the different phases as subspecies. Phases vary greatly from having a black or brown colouration as a base, with orange and yellow banding, to others having a light green as the base colour, with yellow or orange banding, and many variations therein.
Tropidolaemus is native to southern India and Southeast Asia.
These species are primarily arboreal, and are excellent climbers. They spend most of their time nearly motionless, in wait for prey to pass by. They may be diurnal or nocturnal, with their activity period depending on the temperature.
The diet includes small mammals, birds, lizards and frogs.
The average litter consists of between twelve and fifteen young, with the neonates measuring 12â"15Â cm (4Â¾-5â inches) in total length.
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The two species here were once classified as Trimeresurus, but were given their own genus due to distinct morphological characteristics.
One new species, T. laticinctus, was described recently by Kuch, Gumprecht and Melaun (2007). It is found on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. The type locality is "between L. Posso and Tomini Bay, Celebes" [= between Lake Poso and Tomini Bay, Province of Sulawesi Tengah, Indonesia]."
- List of crotaline species and subspecies
- Crotalinae by common name
- Crotalinae by taxonomic synonyms
- Tropidolaemus at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 12 December 2007.
- The Wagler Viper Page at Kingsnake.com. Accessed 27 September 2006.
- WhoZoo: Wagler's Pit Viper at WhoZoo. Accessed 27 September 2006.