Geographical Range Southern Mexico and Guatemala
Habitat Rain forests
Scientific Name Bothriechis aurifer
Conservation Status Not listed by IUCN

The beautiful green and yellow colors of this snake help it blend in with its highland forest habitat. Several types of palm-pitvipers, including this one, are in danger of becoming extinct, mostly because their habitat is being destroyed. In fact, habitat destruction and hunting threaten well over half of the 157 species of pitvipers worldwide. Yet although scientists consider them endangered, only about 12 species carry this official label, allowing protection by law.

Did You Know?

This snake is venomous.