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Urutu is a species of venomous snake found in Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay and Argentina. It is a pit viper species with females notably longer and heavier than males. The species is terrestrial.

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

    Other Names Wutu, Crossed Pit Viper
    Length 80–120 cm; largest recorded specimen measures 169 cm
    Color Brown, tan or gray ground color occasionally with an olive cast; chocolate brown to black coloration on the top of the head with a range of diagonal and longitudinal white to tan markings
    Distribution Southeastern Brazil, Uruguay, Paraguay, northern Argentina
    Habitat Tropical and semitropical forests, temperate deciduous forests, sugarcane plantations, open fields, rocky areas, fluvial areas, grasslands, cerrado
    Venom Fact Venomous
    Mode of Reproduction Viviparous (giving birth to live young)
    Litter Size 5 to 20

    Urutu Pictures Gallery

    Published on November 27th 2016 by under Snakes. Article was last reviewed on 7th June 2019.

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