Record of Bites from Pit-Vipers (Mapepires) from Trinidad, West Indies

Hans E.A. Boos


When I was researching the occurrence of snake bites for my book “The Snakes of Trinidad and Tobago” (Boos 2001), I interviewed several people who had been warded at the two main hospitals in Trinidad that handle these injuries. Almost all of the bites were from one of the two pit-vipers found in Trinidad - the Mapepire Balsain (Bothrops atrox). Though the Mapepire Zanana, Lachesis muta, is reputed to be such a dangerous snake, I could find no living person in Trinidad who had been bitten by a snake that had been reliably identified as a Mapepire Zanana.

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