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Howler Monkeys

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Three-toed Sloth
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Poison Dart Frog
Helmeted Iguana
Eyelash Viper
Terciopelo Viper
Spectacled Caiman
American Crocodile
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Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schleglii)

Actual SizeThe Eyelash Viper is a small pit viper that lives in trees and palms. It is one of the smallest venomous 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 venomous, 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 venomous 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.
Brown Form of Eyelash Viper Eyelash-Viper-Gold-Form
Eyelash Viper - Brown Color Pattern Eyelash Viper - Yellow/Gold Color


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