Bothrops asper

Also known as the Fer-de-Lance, which means “iron spear point” in French, the terciopelo is considered to be one of the most dangerous venomous snakes, in part due to the fact that it is often found near human settlements. When perturbed, the terciopelo is anxious, unpredictable and quick to strike.

Fact File

where to see themWhere to see them: Reptile House
lengthLength: 3.9 to 8.2 ft
life expectancyLife Expectancy: More than 20 yrs
venomousVenomous: Venomous
habitatHabitat: Tropical forest and savanna
dietDiet: Frogs, lizards, and small mammals