Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) -  Costa Rica by Jason Weigner

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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.

Nikon D80
ISO 200

1st Place in:
(Amphibians & Reptiles Category) – Family – Viperidae – Viper Challenge

Featured In:
Nature Photography Challenge


central america, costa rica, eyelash viper, herpetology, nature, snake, viper, wildlife


  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeabout 4 years ago

  • LisaBeth
    LisaBethabout 4 years ago

    wow stunning image!

  • Thank you!

    – Jason Weigner

  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot. That camouflage is great

  • Thank you! These guys are really well camouflaged and so I was quite excited to spot this one!

    – Jason Weigner

  • Jessica Hacking
    Jessica Hackingalmost 4 years ago

    Wow, what an awesome snake. Great shot!

  • Thank you! It was an exciting find!

    – Jason Weigner

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

  • sarnia2
    sarnia2over 3 years ago

    The eyes definitely have it!! WoW!

  • Thank you!

    – Jason Weigner

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