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 Ornate Cantil (Agkistrodon bilineatus taylori)




Ornate Cantil | Agkistrodon bilineatus-taylori photo
Ornate Cantil

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

Ornate Cantil | Agkistrodon bilineatus-taylori photo
Ornate Cantil

Photograph by LA Dawson. Some rights reserved.  (view image details)

ORNATE CANTIL FACTS

Description
The Ornate Cantil has a heavy body and relatively long tail. The broad triangular head has small eyes with vertical pupils. The body is brown or black and often has distinct tan colored banding, with orange or yellow highlights. They are more elaborately patterned than the Common Cantil, A. bilineatus bilineatus. Juveniles are usually distinctly banded, with a bright green or yellow tip to their tail, which they use to lure insect prey. As the snake matures, the color darkens and pattern fades.

Size
65cm - 90cm

Environment
deciduous and thorn forest

Food
mainly rodents and amphibians

Breeding
Breeding occurs in the spring. Live bearing giving birth to 5-20 young

Range
found in the north eastern states of Mexico

Notes
The Ornate Cantil is popular in the exotic pet trade. Captive bred specimens are sometimes available. They are venomous and bite can cause severe tissue damage and even death if untreated. They may strike repeatedly.

Classification
Class:Reptilia
Order:Squamata (Serpentes)
Family:Viperidae
Genus:Agkistrodon
Species:bilineatus taylori
Common Name:Ornate Cantil


Relatives in same Genus
  Common Cantil (A. bilineatus bilineatus)