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Golden Lancehead Viper

The Golden Lancehead Viper is a species of highly poisonous viper snake found in a limited and isolated region of Brazil. Their population is rapidly decreasing mostly because of habitat loss.



    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Reptilia
    Order Squamata
    Suborder Serpentes
    Family Viperidae
    Genus Bothrops
    Species B. insularis
    Scientific Name Bothrops insularis


    Length Mostly around 70 cm (28 in), but up to 118 cm (46 in)
    Coloration White body withlight yellowish-brown patterns
    Distribution Queimada Grande Island of Brazil
    Habitat Dense vegetation or jungles with tall trees
    Diet Mostly birds, but also lizards; also practice cannibalism
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Breeding Season August to September
    Clutch Size Average 6-7 newborns
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (gives birth to live young)
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on April 2nd 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 14th June 2019.

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