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Side-striped Palm-pitviper

Side-striped palm pitviper is a species of venomous snake occurring in Costa Rica and western Panama. The species is arboreal. At present, 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 lateralis

    Other Names Side-striped palm-pitviper, Side-striped palm viper, Yellow-lined palm viper, Green palm viper
    Length Normally less than 80 cm, but may exceed 100 cm in rare cases
    Color Emerald green to bluish green ground color covered with a series of alternating yellow paravertebral vertical bars; uniform yellowish-green underside bordered by a pale yellow stripe on either side; top of the head is uniform green with yellow iris
    Distribution Costa Rica and western Panama
    Habitat Lower montane forest, lower montane rainforest, lower montane wet forest
    Diet Small birds, rodents, lizards, frogs
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size Up to 18 young
    Average Lifespan Up to 12.5 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Least Concern

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    Published on January 21st 2017 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 13th June 2019.

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