Guifarro’s palm-pitviper - A lethal beauty
Bothriechis guifarroi (Viperidae) is a species of palm-pitviper just described in 2013 from Refugio de Vida Silvestre Texíguat in northern Honduras.
This viper has a bright green dorsal coloration with pale blue trim on anterior edges of dorsal scales, and pale blue postocular stripe with green along the keels in center of stripe. The iris is pale green, pale gray, or pale tan.
The specimen shown is a juvenile of the species, which was photographed and collected in one of two expeditions in 2010, which provided the individuals from which this taxon was described.
This beautiful but venomous snake represents the 15th endemic species occurring in the Texiguat Wildlife Refuge in Honduras.
Although due to the recent description of the species its venom has not yet been characterized, it is highly probable to present similar characteristics and toxicity to the venom of other species of pit vipers of the genus Bothriechis.
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Photo credit: ©Josiah Townsend | Locality: Cerro El Chino, above La Liberacion, Reserva de Vida Silvestre Texiguat, Honduras (2010)