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Common names: Montane pitvipers.

Cerrophidion is a genus of venomous pitvipers which are endemic to southern Mexico, Central America, and western Panama. The generic name, Cerrophidion, is derived from the Spanish word cerro, which means "mountain", and the Greek word ophidion, which means "small snake". Four species are currently recognized, but no subspecies.

Description


Cerrophidion

These snakes grow to a maximum total length of 82.2 cm (32â…œ inches) (for C. godmani), but usually do not exceed 50â€"55 cm (19⅝-21⅝ in). The head scalation is highly variable, with some scales being enlarged, especially in the frontal region. The fact that the prelacunal is not fused with any of the supralabial scales is characteristic for this genus. The rest of the scalation is as follows: 1-7 intersupraoculars, 7-11 supralabials, 8-12 sublabials, 120-150 ventral scales, 22-36 subcaudal scales (undivided), and 17-21 rows (rarely 23) of dorsal scales at midbody.

Geographic range


Cerrophidion

Snakes of this genus are found in southern Mexico (in the highlands of the Mexican states of Guerrero and southeastern Oaxaca), southward though the highlands of Central America (Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, northern Nicaragua and Costa Rica) to western Panama.

Species


Cerrophidion

T) Type species.

Taxonomy



One additional new species has been described: C. petlalcalensis López-Luna, Vogt & Torre-Loranca, 1999.

See also



  • List of crotaline species and subspecies
  • Crotalinae by common name
  • Crotalinae by taxonomic synonyms
  • Snakebite

References


Cerrophidion

Further reading


Cerrophidion
  • Campbell, J.A., and W.W. Lamar. 1992. Taxonomic status of miscellaneous Neotropical viperids, with the description of a new genus. Occ. Papers Mus. Texas Tech Univ. 153: 1-31.

External links


Cerrophidion
  • Cerrophidion at the Reptarium.cz Reptile Database. Accessed 14 September 2007.

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