Rainforest Biodiversity Guide

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Common Lancehead
Common Lancehead

Scientific Name: Bothrops atrox

Category: Animal

Primary Layer: Forest Floor

Fun Facts:

  • Also known as the fer-de-lance.
  • It is an extremely venomous pit viper, and can grow to length in eccess of 2m (7 feet).
  • Responsible for more human fatalities than any other American reptile.
  • The common lancehead has reserve fangs in case it loses one while hunting or in defense.
  • They can live for twenty years.