Central American Bushmaster
|Geographical Range||Costa Rica and Panama (in Central America)|
|Scientific Name||Lachesis stenophrys|
|Conservation Status||Not listed by IUCN|
At just under 12 feet, the bushmaster ranks as the longest of all the vipers, and the largest venomous snake in the New World. It is also the only New World pitviper that lays eggs and provides maternal care to them by guarding them protectively in its coils. Though this animal is not "officially" protected, it is in danger of extinction due to the destruction of its tropical wet forest habitat.