English : Side-striped palm viper
French : Vipère des palmes à bandes latérales
Class : Reptilia
Order : Squamata
Family : Viperidae
Notes : No subspecies known.
Slender-bodied viper with prehensile tail, reaching a total length of 1 m. Broad triangular head. Coloration is entirely bright green, sometimes becoming blue. Small yellow and black bands on sides of back and flanks, more or less visible.
Range and habitat
This species occurs in Central America and is found from Costa Rica to western Panama. Lives in lower montane humid and cloud forests, rarely in plantations.
IUCN RED LIST : LEAST CONCERN
CITES : Not listed
Status : The species has a relatively small range but remains locally common throughout. It’s known to occur in protected areas.
Ex-Situ Programs : None known