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Bushmaster (Lachesis muta) - Loreto, Peru. The Amazon Bushmaster (Lachesis muta) and its close relatives are the largest of the pitvipers in the western hemisphere - and among the largest in the world. Much maligned and misunderstood, these gigantic snakes are reclusive and actually rather timid in most circumstances. They exist in low densities, usually in undisturbed habitat and typically in burrows or beneath tangled root masses. But not all about them is myth. A large, fully aroused Bushmaster merits respect and should be given a wide birth. All in all, Bushmasters are magnificent, world class animals. Río Nanay, Loreto, Peru September 2017. Amazon Bushmaster,Bushmaster,Lachesis muta,rainforest fauna,venomous snake,viper Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Bushmaster (Lachesis muta) - Loreto, Peru.

The Amazon Bushmaster (Lachesis muta) and its close relatives are the largest of the pitvipers in the western hemisphere - and among the largest in the world. Much maligned and misunderstood, these gigantic snakes are reclusive and actually rather timid in most circumstances. They exist in low densities, usually in undisturbed habitat and typically in burrows or beneath tangled root masses. But not all about them is myth. A large, fully aroused Bushmaster merits respect and should be given a wide birth. All in all, Bushmasters are magnificent, world class animals. Río Nanay, Loreto, Peru September 2017.

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  1. Great picture and although I have only encountered one once (when a juvenile entered the lodge cafeteria), most people who have encountered them say what you do that they are mostly rather timid despite their reputation for extreme aggression. Given your background with Herpetology, it is great to hear that you agree. A world-class animal indeed! Posted one year ago
  2. Incredible find. How big are they, Dante?
    I really love the wide angle approach on this subject, although it kind of scares me how close you had to be for it.
    Posted one year ago
    1. This female was roughly 8 feet long. She was very relaxed and I had to manage her at one point without any issue. Is there a way to add an image in the comments here? I have a shot gently managing her that demonstrates size. Bushmasters have a massive reputation. But females tent to be easy going and males are mostly irritable when they are looking for a female. Each snake has its own personality but if you know what to look for, all the signs are there. Posted one year ago
      1. Indeed often a bad reputation is overblown and taken out of context.
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        Ultimate pit viper, Tatama National Park, Colombia Here's a way to kick start a very early morning. Our guide Manuel, restless as always, was searching for reptiles in the night whilst we were asleep. He found this highly venomous pit viper and trapped it below a pan, to show it to us a few hours later. <br />
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This species has a notorious reputation. It is responsible for the majority of snake bites in Colombia and surrounding countries. Fatality rates have dropped a lot in recent times, but isn't zero in Colombia. Surviving a bite can still mean very serious injury. For example, a local girl working in a restaurant we saw was bitten as a child in her foot. I'll spare you the details of how her foot looks like now. <br />
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The local custom is to kill this snake on sight, which is why our guide did not tell any park ranger about it. Side view:<br />
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''Lachesis muta'' is a venomous pit viper species found in South America . Two subspecies are currently recognized, including the nominate subspecies described here.

Similar species: Scaled Reptiles
Species identified by Barry
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Uploaded May 1, 2018. Captured Sep 22, 2017 21:29.
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