Scientific Name: Corallus caninus
Habitat: wet lowlands of the tropical rainforest
Diet: birds, rodents, lizards, monkeys
Life span: 10-20 years (15-25 years in captivity)
Young: up to 20 young
Size: 1.5-2.5 m (up to 8ft)
These nocturnal snakes rarely leave the trees and are usually seen coiled on a branch overhanging water. This position is unique to this snake and is perfect for striking at lightening speed, even catching birds in flight.
Look for the heat sensors (pits) on the snake’s lips. These allow them to detect the location of prey in the dark.
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