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Trimeresurus (Viridovipera) sp., -

See also the other subgenera of the genus TrimeresurusTrimeresurus (Craspedocephalus)Trimeresurus (Himalayophis)Trimeresurus (Parias)Trimeresurus (Peltopelor), Trimeresurus (Popeia), Trimeresurus (Trimeresurus) and Trimeresurus (Sinovipera)


  • 1. Trimeresurus (Viridovipera) gumprechti
  • 2. Trimeresurus (Viridovipera) medoensis
  • 3. Trimeresurus (Viridovipera) stejnegeri
  • 4. Trimeresurus (Viridovipera) truongsonensis
  • 5. Trimeresurus (Viridovipera) vogeli
  • 6. Trimeresurus (Viridovipera) yunnanensis


The original genus Trimeresurus underwent substantial revision.


On behalf of molecular and morphological findings Malhotra and Thorpe 2004 split the genus Trimeresurus up into various new genera or reactivated ancient taxa. They proposed the genera Cryptelytrops, Himalayophis, Parias, Peltopelor, Popeia and Viridovipera.


David et al. (2011) proposed to adapt the findings of Malhotra and Thorpe but to define the new genera as 'clades'/subgenera.


See also Trimeresurus (Craspedocephalus) sp. for detailed discussion about the revision of the genus Trimeresurus.


Serpentes; Viperidae; Crotalinae

Common names

  • 1. Gumprecht’s green pitviper
  • 2. Green bamboo leaf pitviper, Motuo bamboo pitviper
  • 3. Chinese green tree viper, Stejneger’s bamboo pitviper
  • 4. Quang Binh pitviper
  • 5. Vogel’s pitviper
  • 6. Yunnan bamboo pitviper


Indian Subcontinent, Southeast Asia, China and Taiwan. See link "Distribution" at the top of the page for detailed information.


Primarily uniformly green-coloured, arboreal species. No markings or only very faint ones. Frequently coloured longitudinal stripes (red, yellow or white) along the edge of the abdominal shields (ventralia). Head triangular and clearly distinct from the body.


Only local signs of envenoming are to be expected after bites from these species. See clinical entries in Trimeresurus (Craspedocephalus) sp.

Literature (biological)

Gumprecht et al. 2004, Malhotra and Thorpe 2004