The Bushmasters (Lachesis spp.): Queens of the rainforest
An overview of the taxonomy, distribution, natural history, lore, and conservation of the largest vipers in the world
Keywords:Bushmaster, Amazon, Central America, Rainforest, Neotropics, Viperidae, Crotalinae
We herein provide an overview of the bushmasters (Lachesis spp.), the longest vipers in the world. We
address taxonomy, distribution, etymology, lore, natural history (reproduction, defense, behavior, activity, prey and
predators), and, for the first time, conservation issues, suggesting that Lachesis melanocephala is a Critically Endangered
species under IUCN criteria.
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