Tropical flat snake creeps across a moss-covered branch

June 25, 2014, 1 p.m.
snake on tree branch

Tropical flat snake from the Yetu rapids near Chenapau, Guyana

This beautiful snake is mostly nocturnal, and slithers through the lowlands and lower mountainous zones of topical rainforests of northwestern South America. It's mainly an arboreal snake so look up when wandering through its habitat. Though deforestation and agriculture do threaten the species in some area of its range, habitat loss thankfully isn't a serious issue for this particular snake species.

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Google+, and Facebook.