Amazon Basin in the S. America
Carnivore. Birds, bats, frogs, rodents, lizards, marsupials.
Habitat: Rainforest, dry forest, savannah.
Gestation: 6-8 months, 5-20 young
Social structure: Solitary
Lifespan: 20 under human care
IUCN Status: Least concern
Estimated population in the wild: Common
Threats: May be threatened locally by deforestation, and persecution because the species looks like a viper, but on a range-wide scale no major threats are known.
Did you know that:
- They are "ovoviviparous," meaning their eggs stay inside the mother's body until they're ready to hatch, after which she gives birth to live independent young.
- They are non-venomous and prey is killed through constriction.
- They hunt at night using their infrared pits which allows them to sense the body heat of their prey or during the day using their good vision.
- They hang from a branch using their prehensile tail in an “S” shape and strike at prey.