Trimeresurus tibetanus

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Trimeresurus tibetanus
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Suborder: Serpentes
Family: Viperidae
Genus: Trimeresurus
T. tibetanus
Binomial name
Trimeresurus tibetanus
Huang, 1982
  • Trimeresurus tibetanus
    Huang, 1982[2]
  • Trimeresurus karanshahi
    Orlov & Helfenberger, 1998
  • Himalayophis tibetanus
    — Malhotra & Thorpe, 2004
  • Trimeresurus (Himalayophis) tibetanus — David et al., 2011[3]

Trimeresurus tibetanus, commonly known as the Tibetan bamboo pit viper,[4] is a venomous pit viper species found only in Tibet. No subspecies are currently recognized.[5]


Scalation includes 21 (19 or 20) rows of dorsal scales at midbody, 147-152/145-159 ventral scales in males/females, 46-54/40-48 subcaudal scales in males/females, and 7-9 supralabial scales.[4]

Geographic range[edit]

Found in Tibet (Tibet Autonomous Region, China). The type locality given is "Xizang Province, Nielamou District, Quekesumou, altitude 3,200 metres (10,500 ft)". In their English translation of Huang's publication, David and Tong (1997) list the type locality as "Tibet", but give "Naylam, Chokesumo" in the summary.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Richman, N. & Böhm, M. (2010). "Himalayophis tibetanus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. IUCN. 2010: e.T178471A7553595. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2010-4.RLTS.T178471A7553595.en. Retrieved 15 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b McDiarmid RW, Campbell JA, Touré T. 1999. Snake Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference, Volume 1. Washington, District of Columbia: Herpetologists' League. 511 pp. ISBN 1-893777-00-6 (series). ISBN 1-893777-01-4 (volume).
  3. ^ "Trimeresurus tibetanus ". The Reptile Database.
  4. ^ a b Gumprecht A, Tillack F, Orlov NL, Captain A, Ryabov S. 2004. Asian Pit vipers. First Edition. Berlin: Geitje Books. 368 pp. ISBN 3-937975-00-4.
  5. ^ "Trimeresurus tibetanus". Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Retrieved 28 July 2008.

Further reading[edit]

  • David, Patrick, and Haiyan Tong. 1997. Translations of Recent Descriptions of Chinese Pitvipers of the Trimeresurus-complex (Serpentes, Viperidae), with a Key to the Complex in China and Adjacent Areas. Smithsonian Herpetological Information Service (112): 1-31.
  • Huang, Zheng-yi. 1982. A New Species of Crotalid Snake from Tibet [in Chinese]. Fudan Journal (Natural Science) 21 (1): 116-118.

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