|Name: Hognosed Viper|
|Scientific name: Bothrops nasutus (Porthidium nasutus)|
|Range: Mexico to Equador|
|Habitat: Tropical Rainforest|
|Status: Not threatened|
|Diet in the wild: small mammals, frogs, lizards, insects|
|Diet in the zoo: mice|
|Location in the zoo: Herpetarium|
The Hognosed Viper is one of the smallest poisonous
snakes in the world. Its venom is very potent and can be deadly.
The Hognosed Viper is primarily found in the Costa Rican Rain Forest.
It uses its unique coloration to camouflage itself among the dead leaves
of the forest floor. The Hognosed Viper uses its toxic venom to kill
its prey. A hognosed Viper's litter can consist of up to 18 newborns.
or behavioral adaptations:
The Hognosed Viper's coloration has changed
over time to match the coloration of the rainforest floor.
|Comments about the hognosed vipers of the
Fort Worth Zoo:
There is only one Hognosed Viper at the Fort
The Hognosed Viper is hard to observe in the
Herpetarium because the aquariums are so small. The Hognosed Viper
is a very beautiful snake to see in person. It didn't move around
a lot in the cage.
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Reptiles and Amphibians at the Fort Worth Zoo