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Cantil is a heavy-bodied, venomous snake occurring in Mexico and Central America. There are four recognized subspecies of this snake. It is a pitviper and is very much feared by  humans.

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

    Other Names Mexican Cantil, Mexican Ground Pit Viper, Cantil Viper, Mexican Moccasin, Black Moccasin, Neotropical Moccasin, Mexican Yellow-lipped Viper
    Length Around 60 cm
    Color Most of the members are brown or black with black or dark brown banding, often fringed with cream or white scales; juveniles are prominently banded with yellow or bright green tail tips
    Distribution Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, northwestern Costa Rica
    Habitat Seasonally dry forest,  tropical scrub forest, tropical deciduous forest, savanna, on the borders of rivers and streams, grasslands, cultivated lands
    Diet Amphibians, birds, reptiles, mammals
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Breeding Season Spring
    Mode of Reproduction Ovoviviparous (producing young ones by means of eggs hatched inside the body of the parent)
    Litter Size 5 to 20
    IUCN Conservation Status Near Threatened

    Cantil Pictures Gallery

    Published on September 24th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 4th June 2019.

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