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Quick Facts
Native to Southern Mexico throughout Central America and into Northern Venezuela, Columbia, and Ecuador
Primary Diet Small vertebrates including frogs, lizards, birds, bats, rodents, and opossums
Adult Weight 225 grams
Lifespan 10 years
Status Stable

Eyelash Viper

The eyelash viper’s most distinguishing feature is the supraciliare, or enlarged scale, above each eye, giving the appearance of “eyelashes.” These snakes are small and light in order to effectively maneuver through shrubs and trees and avoid detection by prey. It moves readily between the forest ground and canopy and is often found in banana groves.

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