Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schleglii)

The Eyelash Viper is a small pit viper that lives in trees and palms. It is one of the smallest poisonous snakes in Central America, reaching a maximum length of about 20 inches (50 cm). This one was a typical adult of about 14" (35 cm) long.

Eyelash Vipers get their name from enlarged scales over their eyes that resemble eyelashes. Eyelash vipers come in different colors and spotting patterns. The bright yellow color form is much rarer than the typical gray and rust mottling.

Eyelash Vipers are poisonous, with two fangs in the front of their mouths that fold back when the mouth is closed. It eats lizards and small birds. Although the eyelash viper is small, it is one of the most dangerous of the poisonous snakes in Central America. Its poison is strong, and most people disregard a bite by a small snake as non-threatening. Luckily, they are not very aggressive and bites are not common.

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