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Fer-de-Lances belong to the pit viper group of snakes and live between the North and the South America. This venomous snake is responsible for many snakebite incidents within its distribution range.

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

    Other Names Lancehead
    Length 3.9 to 5.9 ft
    Color Blotches and patterns in light to dark brown, black, cream, beige, gray, and pale yellow
    Distribution Southern Mexico to northern South America
    Habitat Found in a wide range of lowland habitats, including near human habitations (thus making them vulnerable to humans)
    Diet Mainly feeds on rodents, frogs, other snakes, snake eggs, lizards etc.
    Venom Fact Highly Venomous
    Breeding Season Between April and June
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size 5-40 offspring

    Fer-de-Lance Pictures Gallery

    Published on December 23rd 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 14th September 2023.

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