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Jumping Viper

(Atropoides nummifer)

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The Jumping Viper is also called Jumping Pit-viper. A thick set, stocky pit-viper with a triangular brown head with dark eye-stripes and a tan or grayish-brown body with dark brown or black blotches; the name refers to its vaunted ability to launch itsell and strike at long distance, but actually only over about half its body length;to 80cm (32in). (Mano de Piedra, Timbo, Patoca).


Low and middle elevation wet forests, Caribbean and Pacilic slopes; usually found on the ground, but also low in trees.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Carara National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
Manuel Antonio National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Jumping Viper (Atropoides nummifer), Costa Rica