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Eyelash Pit Viper

Bothriechis schlegelii


Found on a large leaf alongside a trail near a stream. Coiled up, waiting for prey.


I've primarily found Eyelash pit vipers in the rain forest, they are arboreal. I can't say that I have ever seen one on the ground.

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John G. Phillips
John G. Phillips 9 years ago

Thanks for the comments guys! It's true, that they won't move for days if they like their spot. This particular one was in this exact spot for at least two days. As I get the rest of the Costa Rica pictures up (it won't be for a while, I'm leaving for Panama on Thursday), you'll see not only the greenish-grayish color morphs, but they also come in gold, brown, and even white color phases!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Thanks John.. commenting...!!

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Pit vipers are small and dangerous... they stay at camouflaged spot and not acknowledged their presence immediately... specially in rainy days when greenery is everywhere...

ScottHarte 9 years ago

Great find, I looked everywhere while I was in Costa Rica but couldn't find one. nice spot.

John G. Phillips
John G. Phillips 10 years ago

Oh yeah, there are certainly pit vipers that carry deadly hemotoxins, this species however is not lethal under most circumstances. Wouldn't want to meet a bamboo viper off guard...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

May be... But in India lots people died after bite of Bamboo pit viper.

Chris Carille
Chris Carille 10 years ago

Some nice photos of an eyelash!

John G. Phillips
John G. Phillips 10 years ago

Ashish, although these guys are venomous, a bite from this species would not be deadly unless it hit a major artery or went untreated. Still wouldn't want to get bitten though!

Yasser 10 years ago


Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

I think Vipers are small in size but deadly venomous..!!

John G. Phillips
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John G. Phillips


Spotted on May 16, 2011
Submitted on Sep 16, 2011

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