Small Fer-de-Lance - Tommygoff - Barba Amarilla
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Fer-de-Lance/ Yellow-Jaw Tommy-Goff/Barba Amarilla/ Terciopelo Bothrops asper, Venemous Pit Viper. On our lawn some days ago on Monkey River road.

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Small Fer-de-Lance - Tommygoff - Barba Amarilla

In the forest at Jaguar Creek during a nightwalk. The snake was on the trail, but I was very aware of the possibility of snakes just after some rain and I saw it plenty in time to be able to circumvent it.

I don't know of a "typical" head shape for a venomous snake. But in case of Vipers, it is easy: the scales on the head are really small....... But wait, you will be way too close when you can see this!

Fer de Lance are one of the snakes found in Belize. In the Yucatec Maya language it is known as Taxin'can or Taxinchan. The Yucatec Maya people know them also as Barba Amarillo in the Spanish language.

Specimens of this species may weigh up to 6 kilograms (13 lb) and are often 1.2 to 1.8 meters (3.9 to 5.9 ft) in length. Very big females can reach lengths up to 2.5 metres (8.2 ft), although this is uncommon.

First photograph by Jan Meerman, second photo by Christian Bech

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