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Black-speckled Palm-pitviper

Black-speckled palm-pitviper is a species of venomous snake found in the Central American countries of Costa Rica and Panama. There are no recognized subspecies of this species.

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

    Other Names  Black-spotted Palm Viper, Speckled Palm Viper, Yellow-spotted Palm Viper
    Length Usually less than 60 cm; however, may cross 80 cm
    Color  Emerald green ground color with black blotches; pale green uneven dorsal  patches with black edges may appear; yellowish green belly with pale black spots; top of the head is heavily marked with black spots; presence of a stripe from the back of the eyes to the angle of the jaw; iris and tongue almost black
    Distribution  Costa Rica and Panama
    Habitat  High montane forest, lower montane wet forest, cloud forest
    Diet  Small vertebrates, such as lizards and frogs; also feed on small creatures and birds
    Hibernation Fact  Undergoes hibernation
    Venom Fact  Venomous
    Mode of Reproduction  Viviparous (giving birth to live young)
    Average Lifespan  8 to 10 years
    IUCN Conservation Status  Not Listed

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    Published on November 25th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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