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Black-headed Bushmaster

Black-headed bushmaster is a species of venomous snake occurring in Costa Rica. It is a pitviper.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Subphylum Vertebrata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Subfamily Crotalinae
    Genus Lachesis
    Scientific Name Lachesis melanocephala


    Length 1.9–2 m (6.2–6.6 ft); largest recorded specimen measures 2.4 m (7.9 ft)
    Weight 3–5 kg
    Color Bands of light brown and black on the body; top of the head is uniform black
    Distribution Costa Rica
    Habitat Rainforest and tropical wet forest
    Diet Mainly small mammals
    Venom Fact Highly venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 5 to 19 eggs
    Incubation Period 60 to 80 days
    Reproductive Age 4 years of age
    Average Lifespan 12 – 18 years; recorded maximum lifespan is 24 years

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    Published on March 20th 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th July 2018.

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