Wagler’s Pit Viper

Wagler's Pit Viper - Sepilok 20091022a

Wagler's Pit Viper at Sepilok 20091022

Scientific name: Tropidolaemus wagleri

A venomous snake native to South East Asia. The “heat sensors” at the side of its triangular head helps pit vipers detect prey. A nocturnal species, the vipers appear sluggish and remains motionless for long periods of time during the day, but can strike quickly when prey passes by or when disturbed. In Sabah, Wagler’s pit vipers can often be seen draped around tree branches at Sepilok Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centre and Menanggul River in Sukau.

Also known as the temple snake because it is the most abundant snake species at the Snake Temple in Penang. The venom of this snake is used in anti-ageing face cream by Planet Skincare UK. The venom supposedly contains properties that prevent wrinkles from forming.



  1. Tadpole said,

    November 5, 2009 at 2:01 PM

    That’s a nice photo! I went to Sepilok and I saw this snake remained motionless at the same spot for 2 days. But I don’t know if it went out minum in between..

  2. losttraveller said,

    November 5, 2009 at 5:36 PM

    actually, if you look closely, there’s a Made in China tag at the bottom. 🙂

  3. loeffle said,

    November 26, 2009 at 2:36 AM

    Argh … doesnt it consider visitors to Sepilok as “prey”? 😦

    I come in peace, but have snake phobia …

    • losttraveller said,

      November 26, 2009 at 9:04 PM

      Not unless you are a small mammal. 🙂

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