A venomous snake species distributed across the Western Ghats, the Malabar Pit-viper is often found in the coffee plantations spread in this region. It is a unique, fascinating species that shows ‘polymorphism’ (is found in multiple colours), and appears during the monsoon season – and not much is known about their activities for the rest of the year. Its bite, while not fatal, can leave people unable to work for a few days, unfortunately often leading to the snake being killed when spotted. Very little ecological research has been done for the species, but there is a need for more studies as well as efforts for snakebite mitigation to ensure peaceful coexistence between humans and this reptile.