Samiksha Jaiswal

Lachesis melanocephala

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Vertebrata
Suborder  Serpentes
Scientific name  Lachesis melanocephala
Rank  Species
Phylum  Chordata
Order  Squamata
Family  Viperidae
Higher classification  Lachesis

Similar  Lachesis, Snake, Lachesis stenophrys, Vipers, Reptile

Black headed bushmaster lachesis melanocephala

Lachesis melanocephala is a venomous pitviper species found in Costa Rica. No subspecies are currently recognized.


Black headed bushmasters lachesis melanocephala


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Adults frequently grow to 1.9–2 m (6.2–6.6 ft) in total length. The largest reported specimens were 2.3 m (7.5 ft) by Solórzano (2004), and 2.4 m (7.9 ft) by Ripa (2001).

The top of the head is uniform black in color, to which the specific name, melanocephala, refers.

Geographic range

Lachesis melanocephala BlackHeaded Bushmaster Lachesis melanocephala Reptiland Flickr

Found in Costa Rica on the Pacific versant of southeastern Puntarenas province from near sea level to about 1500 m (about 4,900 feet). The type locality given is "tropical rainforest 9 km northern of Ciudad Neily in southeastern Provincia de Puntarenas, Costa Rica."

Lachesis melanocephala CalPhotos Lachesis melanocephala Blackheaded Bushmaster

Campbell and Lamar (2004) describe its range as southwestern Costa Rica and possibly extreme western Panama, but state that almost all locality records are from Puntarenas province.

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