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Fer-de-lance

(Bothrops asper)

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Identification:

A large, fairly slender snake with a triangular head; brown, olive, gray, or black back covered with a series of beige and brown or black triangles on each side (when viewed from above the series of triangles resemble hourglass figures or X's); dark stripe on each side of head behind eye; yellowish under head; tan or brown eyes; to 2.5m(8ft). (Terciopelo, Toboba Rabo Amarillo, Toboba Tiznada).

Habitat:

Low and middle elevation wet forests and open areas; Caribbean slope and parts of Pacilic slope; lound in some drier forests near water courses; partly arboreal as juveniles, terrestrial as adults.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
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.


Fer-de-lance (Bothrops asper), Costa Rica