Saint Lucia lancehead
|Saint Lucia lancehead|
8/23/16 - Over the weekend, 12 St. Lucia Lancehead Vipers were born at the Kentucky Reptile Zoo in Slade.
St. Lucia Lancehead Vipers are native only to the small Caribbean island of St. Lucia. The Kentucky Reptile Zoo is the only facility outside of St. Lucia to be allowed to house these rare island snakes.
It can reach a total length in excess of 1.3 m (4.3 ft). It is gray to gray-brown, with an irregular temporal stripe, and gray or brown markings that are distinct mid-dorsally and fade towards its sides.
The snake is threatened and today limited to two areas of the island.
- Malhotra, Anita; Thorpe, Roger S. (1999), Reptiles & Amphibians of the Eastern Caribbean, Macmillan Education Ltd., pp. 95–96, ISBN 0-333-69141-5.
- "Saving the snakes of St Lucia", The Guardian Weekly, February 5, 2012, retrieved February 17, 2012.
- Garman, S. 1887. On West Indian Reptiles in the Museum of Comparative Zoölogy, at Cambridge, Mass.
Proc. American Philos. Soc. Philadelphia 24: 278-286. ("Trigonocephalus caribbæus, sp n.", p. 285.)
- Breach, K. (2009). Quantifying the Interactions Between Humans and Endemic Pit vipers (Bothrops caribbaeus) in Saint Lucia (MSc thesis, Imperial College London). http://www.iccs.org.uk/wp-content/thesis/consci/2009/Breach.docx
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