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Name: Kristi L. V.
Status: other
Age: 40s
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Date: 2/19/2004

What kinds of poisonous creatures live in Brazil?


Hi Kristi!

Brasil is a huge country and has great areas covered by forests, much of them still not destroyed or even touched by men. These forests, both at Amazon and at tropical region are big reservoirs for vegetal and animal native life and are kept that way for the sake of humanity. So there in the middle of all kinds of savage beasts, small species and a tremendous number of insects and arachdinideae there are some ones that are very poisonous. The small ones are mostly some kind of spiders and scorpions. There are also toads and frogs that carry venoms in special glands. But of course the species that are more dangerous because of their poison are the serpents. The main varieties of poisonous snakes in Brasil are the ones called Jararaca, Cascavel and Surucucu. All of them belong to the Viperidae family. The Jararacas are from the Bothrops gender, the Cascavel belong to the Crotalus gender and the Suruccucu is from the Lachesis. These genders have a quite big number of different species. The more dangerous are the Crotalus and the biggest the Lachesis that can grow up to 3 m. There are also the terrible Coral from the Elapidae family. They are small (around 50 cm.) but their venom is one of the more dangerous.

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