top of page
I am a black-headed bushmaster.
My scientific name is Lachesis melanocephala and
i am one of the rarest vipers in the world.
My main habitat has reduced to less than 1000 km2
of primary forest in southern Costa Rica and i should be considered Critically Endangered but because I am venomous, laws do not include me
in their protected lists.
Many people believe I am very dangerous, when in fact, I am a calm and noble snake. I do not like to strike or threaten anyone, unless, of course, I am in danger.
I like to live alone and usually underground in burrows,
just going out to capture some rodents or to mate.
Otherwise I will remain hidden.
Because almost nothing is known about my species,
some humans decided to start a project to study our kind, and captured me
to, very gently, implant on me a radio tracker.
With that, they can follow me to better understand where, when and why I move.
I am the first (and for now, the only) black-headed bushmaster to be followed with a scientific methodology and all legal permits by the Costa Rican government.
My researchers are looking for an official name for me and have decided to hold an online fundraising auction to decide the person or
organization who will be able to name me.
Proceeds will help to fund this project.
The highest bidder will have the honor to choose a proper name for me
and be listed as a Patron.
bottom of page