Pit Viper | snake

Pit Viper | snake:

Scientific Name: Bothrops Asper
Family : Viperidae
Length: up to 2.6 m ( 13.6 ft)
Weight: Up to 6.2 Kg
Distribution: South America & Southern Mexico

Pit Viper | snake

Pit Viper facts

  • These highly venomous pit vipers can often be found in near rivers and streams lowland habitats , usually near human habitations , well camouflaged in leaf litter .
  • Its tendency to lurk near human habitations and temperament are the main reasons why this snake is easily considered one of the most dangerous of its species in the world
  • Its most prominent feature that sets in aside from other snakes is their broad, flattened heads which are set to apart from the rest of their bodies which usually a shade of dark brown to black
  • Ultimate viper is swift, very venomous and highly unpredictable
  • When threatened it is very defensive and may exhibit an S-coiled defense display and usually attempt to flee
  • However it has been observed to suddenly reversing direction swiftly to defend it self
  • It can even to eject venom over a distance of as least 2m in fine jets from the tips of its fangs, making in a very dangerous species
  • It is solely responsible for almost 80% of all envenomations and snake bite fatalities in the state of Lara, Venezuela according to a report in the year 1971 . As if that's not bad enough , most victims were bitten indoors
  • If bitten by a "Pit Viper" observed symptoms include pain vomiting oozing from the puncture  wounds , local swelling that may increase for up to 36 hours , bruising that spreads from the bite site, blisters mild fever bleeding from the nose and gums gastrointestinal bleeding nausea vomiting tenderness of the spleen and many other fatal sump toms
  • Ultimate "pit viper" is considered the most dangerous snake in Costa Rica because it is the main cause of snake bite incidents within its range and is easily one of the most dangerous species in the world

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