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Oxybelis are slender, elongate, and narrow-headed arboreal snakes. In Central America, they are very distinctive. Two Amazonian species, Xenoxybelis argenteus and X. boulengeri, were formerly included in this genus. A detailed physical description and more information on several Oxybelis species can be found in Savage (2002).
Vision in Oxybelis is binocular and the eyes are directed forward rather than laterally as in most snakes. From arboreal attack sites, these diurnal snakes feed on a variety of primarily terrestrial prey, including lizards and amphibians. They are reported to sleep coiled individually in vegetation. (Montgomery et al. 2011 and references therein)
Humans bitten by Oxybelis snakes have experienced local effects from the venom delivered by the grooved rear fangs. These snakes should be handled with caution! (Gutiérrez and Sasa 2002)