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FRIC — Viewing Species: Falsehead Viper

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Species Info
Grouping: Reptilian, Aquatic
Rarity: Uncommon
Time Per Stage: 25 Hours
Wild Caught: 3324
Captive Bred: 117
Total Population: 3441

Wild Caught Acquisition

Galeful Marsh — Found regularly at the Sector's nest.

Common Chroma Breakdown

Red
231 Total
Green
300 Total
Blue
282 Total
Purple
262 Total
Orange
232 Total
Pink
245 Total
White
286 Total
Tan
219 Total

Rare Chroma Breakdown

Obsidian
179 Total
Silver
173 Total
Gold
199 Total
Bronze
161 Total
Rainbow
171 Total
Sapphire
179 Total
Emerald
170 Total
Ruby
152 Total

Baby Stage Notes

This smooth, glossy egg is mottled with various shades of green and yellow, making it difficult to see when hidden in foliage. When handled or moved, it makes a faint rattling noise, as if annoyed at being disturbed.

Juvenile Stage Notes

A very long, lizard-like reptile has hatched from the egg. It is simultaneously skittish and aggressive, biting at its handler's hands defensively. When agitated, it shakes its tailtip, where the plates on the end rattle against each other to create a loud, rasping noise. Given the opportunity, the hatchling climbs tall objects such as trees and walls, using its sharp claws and flexible tail to find a secure hold. It strongly dislikes being removed from these perches, and the resulting bites can cause its handler's arm to go numb or even unresponsive for multiple days.

Adult Stage Notes

Falsehead Vipers are irritable, highly venomous legged serpents which primarily live in swamps and marshes. They have brilliant, mottled scales which warn of their toxic bites, which are such a strong paralytic that most organic creatures will suffer cardiac arrest from a single bite. However, their venom is not used to kill prey, but rather to defend against predators; despite their great length, the Falsehead is a rather frail animal that relies on its agility and climbing to escape from threats. Its sharp claws and prehensile tail allow it to find purchase on any surface that is even slightly rough or soft enough for the claws to dig in, no matter how vertical it is, and it isn't uncommon to see captive adults halfway up the exterior walls of Headquarters.

Falseheads are ambush predators which drop from their high perches, typically trees, to coil around their prey. Despite their bright colors, the serpent relies on the fact that many animals—researchers included—do not think to look up when checking for predators, particularly when under tree cover. Its tail is its primary killing mechanism, coiling around large prey like a snake, and swallowing smaller prey whole. The tailtip is decorated with brightly-colored plates loosely resembling an Aceranguis or something related to it, and since the tail is over two thirds of the creature's body length, it has been known to use the false snake head to scare prey towards the Viper's claws and teeth. The false snake is also a functional rattle, making a loud, grating noise that not only scares predators away, but can be used to disorient anything that stays nearby and make it think the danger is in a different direction.

Common Chroma

Red
Green
Blue
Purple
Orange
Pink
White
Tan

Rare Chroma

Obsidian
Silver
Gold
Bronze
Rainbow
Sapphire
Emerald
Ruby


Artwork: Keileon