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Animal Project


Eyelash Vipers are highly populated in Southern Mexico through Central America to Columbia, Ecuador, and western Venezuela. The lowest populated area for Eyelash Viper is Antartica.


Habitat plays an important role in eyelash pit viper coloration, as they rely heavily on camouflage when ambushing prey. Yellow eyelash pit vipers often inhabit areas where bananas are plentiful, as they are capable of blending in with the brightly colored fruits. Here they wait to ambush bats or other organisms that visit to feed on the bananas. Similarly, eyelash pit vipers with red coloration will camouflage themselves within red-colored bromeliads, where they ambush and feed on small amphibians


Eyelash Vipers are found in tropical rainforests, montane rainforests and cloud forests of central America and northern South America. They are arboreal which means they live in trees, palms, shrubs and vines and they are usually not far from a water soure.Eyelash pit vipers spend very little time on the forest floor, where predation rates are generally higher than in areas lacking thick vegetation for camouflage. Instead, they are found most often in dense shrub thickets, low hanging tree branches, vines, or in the coarse bark of various palm speciesm a water source.


Also known as: Eyelash Pit Viper, Eyelash Mountain Viper, Eyelash Snake, Eyelash Palm Pit Viper, Horned Palm Viper, Schlegel's Pit Viper, Schlegel's Viper, Schlegel's Palm Viper, Bocaracá (in Costa Rica & other Latin American countries) Eyelash Vipers have a life expectancy of over 16 years (in captivity). Eyelash Vipers have accidentally been sent all over the world in shipments of bananas.They were named after the German ornithologist Hermann Schlegel. They are not known to be aggressive snakes, but they will not hesitate to strike if they are harassed.Eyelash Vipers are popular in the exotic pet trade and they are well represented in zoos throughout the world.


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