Neotropical: From Mexico to Argentina, also on Lesser Antilles.
In Mexico on both coasts from Tamaulipas on Atlantic side and Sonora
on Pacific side, southward, including Yucatan peninsula.
Physical characteristics: The largest,
most robust snake of Mexico, reaching up to 3m in length. Tail is
short, only about 20% of SVL (snout -vent length). Head is distinct
from the neck, and roughly triangular when viewed from above. There
are more than 50 rows of scales on the upper surface at mid- body
section. Body is brown or gray with irregular dark blotches or bands,
centers of blotches are lighter. Underbody is lighter. Unmistakable
Food habits: Predatory,
feeds mainly on lizards, birds and mammals, including large species
Reproduction: Viviparous. The
young are born during rainy season. Typical clutch has 12 -50 individuals.
Behavior: Usually nocturnal, but
can be spotted during the day. Non -venomous, but bite is strong
and unpleasant. Arboreal.
Habitat: Savanna, mangroves, swamps,
beaches, forested areas.