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Snake (Eyelash Viper)

Bothriechis schlegelii
Snake (Eyelash Viper)

Range

They are found in Mexico south through Central America into South America.

Habitat

They live in wet lowland forests and rain forests, up in the trees mostly.

Body Traits

The feature that they are names for are several pointed scales over each eye that looks like eyelashes. They are typical pit-vipers with big triangle-shaped heads, up and down-shaped (vertical) pupils and pits between the nose holes (nostrils) and eyes that can sense heat (prey). They can be many colors, depending upon where they live. They can be yellow, orange, olive-green, tan, brown, or gray. They can have blotches or bands in different coloring. They are up to 2.5’ long. This is small compared to other rain forest snakes. They have the ability to wrap around branches and hold on (prehensile tail). This suits their life in the trees. They have sharp fangs that are quite poisonous. Their bites result in several deaths every year.

Habits

They are active at night (nocturnal). They live in the trees (arboreal). They often sit perched on above ground tree roots and watch for prey to come walking by.

Diet

They eat any small animal that comes across their path like lizards, frogs, small mammals and even birds and bats.

Reproduction

Females give birth to live young (viviparous). She can have up to 20 young in one litter.

Snake (Eyelash Viper)

Classification

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Reptilia
Order: Squamata
Family: Viperidae
Genus: Bothriechis
Species: B. schlegelii

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