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  Pit viper - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pit Vipers (sometimes called crotalines) are mostly New World vipers found in North, Central and South America; along with approximately 69 species occuring in Southeast Asia, Malaysian Archipelago, the Caspian region of Europe, China and Japan.
Depending on the taxonomist, Pit Vipers may be treated as a subfamily (Crotalinae) of the viper family Viperidae (with "true vipers" or pitless vipers in the subfamily Viperinae), or as a family of their own, Crotalidae.
Pit Vipers are a versatile group, with members found in habitats ranging from parched desert (e.g., rattlesnakes) to rainforests (e.g., fer-de-lance) and even aquatic settings (e.g., the water moccasin).
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 Viperidae - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Vipers and pit vipers typically have thick bodies with slender tail and their heads are triangular.
Pit vipers have infrared sensing organs which help them find prey whose temperature is different from the surroundings.
Vipers and pit vipers are usually short in length but there is much variation (Bitis schneideri, max.
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 AllRefer.com - pit viper (Vertebrate Zoology) - Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Like the Old World true vipers (family Viperidae), pit vipers have long, hollow, erectile fangs that are folded back against the roof of the mouth except when the snake is striking.
The largest group of pit vipers is the rattlesnake genus Crotalus, found in North, Central, and N South America.
Pit vipers are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, family Crotalidae.
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 NOVA Online | Night Creatures of the Kalahari | Pit Viper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Pit vipers, along with several of their snake cousins, marry two senses to better locate prey at night: sight and a heat-detecting ability.
Deep pits, which lie on each side of the snake's face between the nostril and the eye, are capable of sensing the warmth given off by a human hand held a foot away.
Each pit has its own "field of vision" which overlaps slightly with the other, so that the pair work stereoscopically in the same way that eyes do.  Heat and visual data are sent, via the optic nerve, to the pit-viper's brain, where the two types of data are transposed into a single image.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/nova/kalahari/pitviper.html   (109 words)

  
 Viper,Reptiles,Amphibians,Viper Picture Gallery Collection,Viper Pictures,Encyclopedia,Viper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The viper family, Viperidae, is usually divided into two subfamilies: the Viperinae, or true vipers, and the Crotalinae, containing the PIT VIPERS.
Pit vipers, such as the rattlesnakes, differ from the true vipers primarily by possessing heat-sensitive pits used to detect warm-bodied prey.
Pit vipers occur in North, Central, and South America and also range from Eastern Europe across Asia to Japan and the Indonesian archipelago.
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 'Pit Vipers' ease Hanford work
The pit viper's purpose is to tackle work in about 600 highly radioactive concrete pits scattered throughout the 200 Area's tank farms.
The pit viper is backhoe chassis with the backhoe replaced by a huge remote-control mechanical arm designed to twist and turns like a human arm from the shoulder to the wrist.
Meanwhile, the pit viper is controlled from a van, which can be parked outside of a fenced-off radiologically controlled portion of a tank farm.
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 PFD BITES AND STINGS!
A pit viper snake has a heat sensing "pit" located between the nostril and eye on each side that is used to locate and trail prey.
In as many as 25 percent of all venomous pit viper bites, no venom is injected, possibly because the fangs may be injured, the venom sacs may be empty at the time of the bite, or the snake may not use the fangs when it strikes.
Pit vipers have a telltale pit between the eye and the mouth.
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It is called a pit viper because they have pits just behind the nostrils which contain special organs that can sense heat and locate warm-blooded animals.
Pit vipers are viviparous, which means their babies are born live (no eggs).
One of the predators of the viper is the King Cobra.
www.blueplanetbiomes.org /waglers_pit_viper.htm   (599 words)

  
 ANTIVENIN, PIT VIPER (Systemic)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Pit viper antivenin belongs to a group of medicines known as immunizing agents.
Pit vipers include rattlesnakes, such as the Eastern and the Western diamond rattlesnakes; copperheads and cottonmouth moccasins, including those of Korea and Japan; the fer-de-lance and similar species; the tropical rattler (Cascabel) and similar species; the Cantil; and the bushmaster of Central and South America.
Pit viper antivenin is to be used only by or under the supervision of a doctor.
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 Wagler's pit viper --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Vipers are characterized by a pair of long, hollow, venom-injecting fangs attached to...
The viper grows to a maximum of about 1.5 m (5 feet) and is marked with three rows of reddish brown spots outlined in fl and again in white.
Characteristic of the palm pit vipers are round, golden eyes with vertical pupils and a prehensile, or grasping, tail that is usually wrapped around the base of a palm frond or the branch of a...
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-9314042   (791 words)

  
 Viper articles on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
viper VIPER [viper] any of a large number of heavy-bodied, poisonous snakes of the family Viperidae, characterized by erectile, hypodermic fangs.
A pit viper, related to the bushmaster and the rattlesnake, it has heat-sensitive organs on the head for detecting its warm-blooded prey.
Like its close relative, the water moccasin, the copperhead is a member of the pit viper family and detects its warm-blooded prey by means of a heat-sensitive organ behind the nostril.
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 Pit Viper,Reptiles,Amphibians,Pit Viper Picture Gallery Collection,Pit Viper Pictures,Encyclopedia,Pit Viper
The pit vipers are closely related to the true vipers and are usually classified as a subfamily, Crotalinae, of the viper family, Viperidae; many authorities, however, consider the pit organs--which are lacking in the true vipers--so significant that they regard the pit vipers as a distinct family, Crotalidae.
The pit has a thermoreceptor function and is sensitive to infrared radiation; it is capable of responding to changes in temperature of only fractions of a degree.
The pit vipers are a successful group that has adapted to a wide range of environmental conditions.
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 Antivenin, Pit Viper — Sheep-derived (Systemic)
Pit viper antivenin is a medicine used to treat the bites of certain poisonous snakes called pit vipers (crotalids), which are native to North America.
This particular pit viper antivenin is made from the blood of sheep and is used to treat the bites of the following types of pit viper: the Western Diamondback, Eastern Diamondback, and Mojave rattlesnakes, and the Copperhead snake or Water Moccasin.
Although there is no specific information comparing use of pit viper antivenin in children with use in other age groups, this medicine is not expected to cause different side effects or problems in children than it does in adults.
healthqa.stbernards.info /html_healthgate/html/0_275/27531.php   (580 words)

  
 MSN Encarta - Search Results - pit viper   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Pit Viper, name applied to any of a subfamily of more than 140 species of venomous snakes.
They are distinguished by the presence of deep pits on...
Rattlesnake, also called rattler, any of 30 species of venomous snakes characterized by a horny rattle at the tip of the tail, which is shaken...
ca.encarta.msn.com /pit_viper.html   (121 words)

  
 pit viper on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
PIT VIPER [pit viper] poisonous snake of the family Crotalidae, primarily a New World family.
Skilled servant suited to the 'viper pit' of court life.
Life in all forms abounds in the rain forest, including a venomous hog-nosed pit viper, at the Tirimbina Rainforest Center in Costa Rica.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/p1/pitviper.asp   (808 words)

  
 PNNL News and Publications
Pit Viper technology allows cleanup activities in high radiation zones to be conducted remotely, reducing worker exposure by as much as 75 percent.
The overall concept of the Pit Viper system is to minimize worker exposure in these high radiation zones through the use of remote technology applications.
These equipment pits are contaminated and must be inspected, cleaned, decontaminated and refurbished before the transfer of the tank waste can begin.
www.pnl.gov /news/2001/01-19.htm   (648 words)

  
 Pit Vipers
Vipers all possess a very sophisticated venom delivery system with two large, tubular fangs in the front of the mouth that are hinged thereby allowing them to be folded back when not in use.
A few species of pit viper -- such as the Water Moccasin -- are reportedly aggressive and may intentionally pursue or attack you.
The severity of a pit viper bite, depending on how much venom was injected, is gauged by how rapidly symptoms develop.
www.geo-outdoors.info /pit_vipers.htm   (530 words)

  
 YOJOE.COM | Pit Viper
Pit Viper was released in 2003 carded in a two-pack with Duke (v12/Night Force).
Pit Viper was also available in 2004 as part of the Costco Battle in a Box Exclusive set.
Pit Viper came with two grey guns and a fl belt.
www.yojoe.com /action/03/pitviper.shtml   (83 words)

  
 No. 619: Pit Viper
Pit vipers have two holes, or pits, on their snouts.
Those infrared pits might tell whether the victim is a safe meal or a rattlesnake eater.
Pit vipers are far more advanced than other snakes.
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 Animal Planet :: Corwin's Carnival of Creatures   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The green tree pit viper is uniform bright or dull green with light yellow on its lips.
The pit viper feeds on young birds, lizards and tree frogs.
The pit viper usually bites prey occur on the head, shoulder or neck, which increases mortality.
animal.discovery.com /fansites/jeffcorwin/carnival/slithering/greentreeviper.html   (143 words)

  
 Western Hog-nosed Pit Viper (Porthidium ophryomegas)
The Western Hog-nosed pit viper is generally gray, yellow or reddish-brown with numerous dark blotches on its back.
Western Hog-nosed pit vipers are found in rocky semi-arid slopes and hillsides.
Like all pit vipers, they have a pit organ on each side of their head that detects thermal radiation and aids in hunting.
www.thebigzoo.com /Animals/Western_Hog-nosed_Pit_Viper.asp   (173 words)

  
 A Pit Viper That Cleans Up Radiation   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
UPI tells all about a Pit Viper Bot that cleans up underground radiation equipment and storage tanks and keeps humans out of harm's way.
Pit Viper is basically a manipulator arm that is attached to the end of a back hoe and can be remotely operated from up to 200 feet away.
Pit Viper was developed by engineers at the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory or PNNL in Richland, Washington.
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 Snakes of Southeast Asia : Wagler's Pit Viper - Tropidolaemus wagleri
Wagler's Pit Viper is perhaps the most well-known of the various green, arboreal pit vipers to be found in the region.
This is a snake of primary forest, mature secondary forest and mangroves.
As with other pit vipers, this species has haemotoxic venom, meaning it is poisonous to the blood system.
www.ecologyasia.com /verts/snakes/waglers_pit_viper.htm   (195 words)

  
 Unique temperature-activated neurons from pit viper thermosensors -- Pappas et al. 287 (5): C1219 -- AJP - Cell ...
pit membrane (29) that acts as the heat-sensing surface.
implications in the evolution of the pit organ and its thermosensitivity.
Bullock TH and Fox W. The anatomy of the infrared sense organ in the facial pit of pit vipers.
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 Wagler's Pit Viper, Sarawak, Borneo
Wagler's pit vipers live throughout Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippine Islands, Singapore, and southern Thailand.
Wagler's pit vipers do not like to be near other snakes.
Like all pit vipers, they have a broad traingular head when viewed from above, long fangs, and pit organs on each side of the head between the nostril and eye.
www.dmcphoto.com /PitViper.html   (105 words)

  
 Malayan pit viper --  Britannica Student Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The body is pinkish gray with a series of large brown triangles, bordered in white, along the sides.
More results on "Malayan pit viper" when you join.
Though probably the most venomous of vipers, with a bite that is often fatal, it is rarely more than 60 cm (2 feet) long.
www.britannica.com /ebi/article-9312320   (785 words)

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