PHOTO OF THE DAY
Bushmaster snake is king of the tropics
Don't tread on me
This beautiful but lethal snake is one you don't want to get close to. There are three species of bushmaster; the one photographed here is Lachesis muta and is found in South America. This particular snake was spotted by the photographer during a night hike in the Kanuku Mountains. The bushmaster is a huge snake; adults average around 7-8 feet but some adults can grow as long as 10 feet. One specimen reached a whopping 12 feet in length! The tail of a bushmaster ends in a horny spine and it vibrates this as a warning when it is disturbed. Though the tail doesn’t rattle like the infamous rattlesnake, it does make quite a bit of rustling noise as it hits leaves in the undergrowth. A person should be glad for the warning because if one is bit, the venom can be fatal.
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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.
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