Rainforest Hog-nosed Pit Viper (Porthidium nasutum)

Rainforest Hog-nosed Pit Vipers are dangerous beauties. They can reach a size of 60 centimeters of length, which is rather small. According to the WCH assessment, their venom is not letal, but can cause uncomfortable symptoms including pain and swelling.

This species has two morphs, one with deep red-brown skin and another with brown-gray skin, both of which display small black markings from neck to tail. Each morph is found in different areas in Costa Rica, although being the same species, they can probably still mate and produce viable offspring.

Species having multiple morphs feature individuals with different appearances (usually different skin color or patterns in amphibians and reptiles), but each individual will normally only express one morph. While we talk about morphs, do you notice the split tongue?
I must accept I was tense during this photoshoot. While the snakes are handled with care, one always thinks of the worst possible consequences. A single bite might not kill a person, but the effects will be very painful and scary.
The nose of this pit viper looks very funny, just like its name would imply. It is very pointy indeed.
The guide sprayed water on the snake for a change, which makes the skin more reflective and deepens the brown tones.
A lower perspective brings us closer to a ground-level view. It looks very imposing in this posture.
The raised head in this shot of the Rainforest Hog-nosed Pit Viper makes for a more menacing look, although it remained calm and almost motionless for the most part.
The skin pattern of this snake is impressive to see from up close. The brown color lets it camouflage very easily in the forest floor.

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