Eyelash Viper

Bothriechis schlegelii

The Eyelash Viper is a venomous pitviper from Central and South America. It is relatively small (under 2 feet) with the distinctive feature of scales that line their eyes- hence their deceptively adorable name. While it can be a variety of colors, bright yellow seems to be the most popular among zoos and exotic pet owners. Explorers have referred to it as ‘false gold’. While it isn’t the most aggressive snake, it is still highly dangerous. There are records going back to at least the 1950s of countries around the world finding these snakes accidentally packed in their banana shipments. Yikes!