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Common Lancehead

Common Lancehead is a type of South American pit vipers that are infamous for their extremely potent and fast-acting venom. Many cases of workers being bitten by this snake while working in banana and coffee fields are reported every year.

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

    Other Names Fer-de-lance, Barba amarilla
    Length 30-50 inches
    Color Patterns of olive, brown, tan, gray, yellow, or (rarely) rusty
    Distribution Along the tropical lowlands of northern South America east of the Andes
    Habitat Mostly terrestrial, lives on wet forests and land; in the fields, under the rocks
    Diet Mostly mammals and small birds, but also frogs and lizards
    Venom Fact Highly venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Up to 80 offspring at once

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    Published on December 9th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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