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Bushmaster

(Lachesis muta)

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Identification:

The largest New World venomous snake; broad, rounded triangle head, brown or blackish with dark eyestripes; body yellowish, red-brown, gray-brown, or tan with a pattern of brown or black blotches in diamond shapes; conspicuous ridge running along the middle of the back; often longer than 2 m (6.5 ft) and sometimes to 3.5 m (11.5ft). (Cascabelmuda, Matabuey, Platonegro, Mapaná).

Habitat:

Low and middle elevation wet forests over parts of the Caribbean and southern Pacilic slopes; terrestrial, often found near large buttressed trees or fallen logs.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.


Bushmaster (Lachesis muta), Costa Rica