Malabar Pit Viper (Brown Morph) | Chorla Ghats
In summers, Pit Vipers usually move to the canopy 20m up. But one of the naturalists found this guy pretty close by and showed us in the Wildernest Campsite in Chorla Ghats itself.
Pit vipers have special heat sensing pit behind their nostril giving them their name. It is visible in this image. From the size, this is possibly a male hatched from last season (1.5ft long)
Canon EOS 5D Mark III, 100mm f/2.8
Slight crop from left to remove a branch.