Protection of the bushmaster (Lachesis muta)
The bushmaster is an impressive viper and often regarded as the biggest viper species on earth, reaching lengths in excess of 3.5 metres. This species is native to the Amazon and surrounding countries but is seldom seen as it is quite an elusive species. This viper lays eggs which is uncommon cause most viper species give birth to live young. Unfortunately the bushmaster is under threat and considered endangered throughout its range. Problems like habitat loss, pollution and poaching are the main reasons for its decline. Much research is needed to better protect this species as well as a good breeding program.