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Extreme situation. Venomous snakes and lizards

A large variety of venomous snakes occur in the tropics, however, some space of the globe completely devoid of poisonous snakes, including New Zealand, Cuba, Haiti, Jamaica, Puerto Rico and the Polynesian Islands. Some species of snakes are more aggressive than others, and can attack with no visible signs of provocation. However, aggression is the exception rather than the rule. The danger from snakes cannot be ignored in areas of high temperature where they are active day and night during the hot months. In cold weather they are passive or hibernate. In arid and semi-arid lands of the snake is more active early in the morning, afternoon they behave sluggish and hiding in the shadows. Many snakes are active only at night.

Considered the most poisonous vipers from Europe, Asia and Africa; copper-red and cotton, maksinova snakes in North America; shrubby and some other varieties in the American tropics. This is a long snake with venomous teeth.

Ordinary vipers and vipers “trench” (found in the pits) typically have a stout body and flat head.

Widely known varieties of the present (normal) vipers are found only in Europe, the Russell’s Viper in India, Viper with a hood in South Africa, American Viper — in dry areas of Africa and Arabia, Gabon-sky in tropical Continue reading

Jamaican boa

A snake of medium size, relatively slender; Maximum length is 2.2 m. Females usually larger than males, both in length and in proportion. Have a number of 33-41 dorsal scales on the neck, 41-47 lateral, ventral 277-283, 78-79 subcaudals(Tolson & Henderson 1993). This boa mostly nocturnal, however, may take some time to basking day. (Grant 1940; Tolson & Henderson 1993). View semi the description of Tolson and Henderson (1993). Color varies widely. At the beginning of the body has yellow, yellowish brown, orange or reddish, usually darker than back. In color there are black spots, gradually forming an irregular stripe in the middle of the body. The second half of the body is predominantly black or dark blue. The whole body, especially the second half, shimmering shades of the rainbow. The upper surface of the head is usually grey or olive with dark postorbital stripes. Known some individuals completely black and Vice versa is very light. Fingerlings are usually orange, are not clearly marked bands of darker shade across the back, below the colour varies from pinkish to light orange. In captivity, reach the color of the adult to 1-1.5 years.

IUCN/IUCN 2000: Vulnerable.

CITES/CITES: Appendix I – A.

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