Bothriechis lateralis

These slender and arboreal, also called palm-pitviper, occur mainly in Central America

Patrick Gijsbers

This genus contains a wide variety of deadly pit vipers, known as palm vipers or palm pit vipers, that carry a very potent hemotoxin venom that can result in a painful death after your cells and tissues slowly die. They are most commonly found in Mexico and other parts of Central America.

All members tend to be primarily arboreal, but some members can also often be found roaming around in the leaf litter, so be careful where you put your next step.

These species are usually emerald in color, which is the perfect camouflage to hide them from sight in the lush green vegetation above your nose. These snakes have a confusing behavior pattern, as species living at higher altitudes tend to be diurnal, whereas those at lower altitudes are usually nocturnal.


Population est.
Costa Rica

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Terrestrial / Aquatic

Altricial / Precocial

Polygamous / Monogamous

Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic

Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal

Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd

Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore

Migratory: Yes / No

Domesticated: Yes / No

Dangerous: Yes / No