Formerly Bothriopsis pulchra, this snake is also called the Andean Forest Pitviper, Loros mashaco in Spanish and Nashipkit in Achuar. It is a small slender tree viper. It has remarkable colors mixing green, black, cinnamon brown and yellow in mixed bands the length of the body. The venter is white with some black markings. They can measure up to 70-75 cm. This one was only 48 cm long.
This is a tree viper and is rarely seen on the ground. Although not listed as rare or endangered (not evaluated by IUCN Red List), it is seldom seen, partly because of its arboreal habitat and partly because of the camouflage provided with the mix of colors. It is found in the Amazon rainforest of Southeastern Columbia, Eastern Ecuador and Northern Peru. As with all the vipers in the New World except the Bushmaster (Lachesis muta), the B. pulchra gives live birth.
The species name "pulchra" is from the Latin "pulcher" which means "beautiful," which it truly is. Deadly, but beautiful. It is one of the "lancehead" vipers, which automatically identifies it with an aggressive nature if threatened. I believe this is a first on PN. Cool.
Lat: -2.15, Long: -77.69
Spotted on Oct 26, 2009
Submitted on Feb 24, 2019
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