Pit Viper

January 2009
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
Reference Entry
Pit Viper, a poisonous snake with a deep pit on each side of the head, between the eye and the nostril. The pits are sensitive to heat and help the snake find warm-blooded prey, such as birds and rodents. The fangs in the upper jaw are movable and swing forward before the snake bites its victim. Each fang contains venom. Pit vipers are found from southern Canada to Argentina, in Asia, and in eastern Europe.


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