The Malayan Pit Viper prefers coastal forests, bamboo thickets, unused and overgrown farmland, orchards, plantations as well as forests around plantations, where it searches for rats and mice.

Remarkably sedentary, it has often been found in the same spot several hours after an incident involving humans. The Malayan Pit Viper has a reputation for being bad-tempered and quick to strike.

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