Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) fromTortuguero National Park, Costa Rica, August 2009.
The wildlife in Tortuguero was breathtaking but nothing got me quite as excited as finding this Eyelash Viper, except seeing a sea turtle laying eggs on the beach. Eyelash Vipers are a small, arboreal (tree dwelling) pitviper from Central and South America that come in a range of colors including yellow and even pink. Their common name comes from the pointed scales above their eyes. They are not generally very aggressive but will bite if harassed. This particular snake hardly reacted to my presence and disturbance. They feed on a variety of small animals which they subdue with their venom.
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