Cope’s Vine Snake
This arboreal snake inhabits the lowlands and margins of premontane tropical moist, wet, and rainforests. It is generally found in primary forest. It is an active diurnal species that feeds on frogs and lizards (Savage 2002). It is an egg-laying species.
As an arboreal snake which is dependent on good forest, it is threatened by conversion of forest to agricultural use (including livestock). This snake does, however, have an extensive range in the western lowlands of northern South America, where a great deal of suitable primary forest remains despite high rates of deforestation (C. Arredondo pers. comm.)
Photography by Ryan Lynch