Handmade Copper Viper
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This snake pendant is handmade after the endangered native snake species of "Protobothrops mangshanensis" in China.
Common Names: Mangshan Pit Viper, Mang Mountain Pit Viper, Mt. Mang Pit Viper, Chinese Pit Viper, Ironhead Pit Viper
Mangshan Pit Vipers are a quite large vipers. They can grow up to 7 feet (203 cm) in length, and around 7 – 11 pounds (3 – 5 kg), however some can even weigh more than that. Males tend to have slightly longer tails than the females, while the females tend to be more robust and heavier.
Their colouration can range from a beautiful grass-green to an equally as beautiful yellow green, with brown blotches that run down their sides and back. The last 4 inches (10cm) of their tails are a bright white colour.
Mangshan Vipers have a very specific geographic range. They can be found only in the Mangshan Mountain range and surrounding areas. It is thought that they are only found in an area the size of 300km². Mangshan Pit Vipers can generally be found in elevations between 700 – 1300 m. They can also be found in montane, subtropical mixed needle-leaf and broadleaf forests. They prefer steep, wet terrain in generally undisturbed mature forests. Trees that can be found in their habitat include maple, camphor, oak, and bamboo. In the winter the temperatures drop down to freezing, and can go as low as 5°C (41°F). Alternatively, in the summer the temperatures can rise to be around 30°C (86°F).
Since the Mangshan Viper has such a small geographic range and population (thought to be around 500), any threat to them can have large impacts. Between the 1950’s and 1980’s their range of livable habitat was reduced significantly due to illegal logging that was happening. Being occasionally hunted for food, and illegal collection for the pet trade has also had a significantly negative impact on their populations.
Dimensions - 45 mm / 1.77 inches