Primarily found in coastal and southern Mexico, Central America, and northwestern South America. The most northern tip of its range extends into deep south Texas.
This nocturnal species is primarily arboreal, and most often found near bodies of water in forested or semi-arid thornscrub habitats. It prefers areas populated by amphibians, since frogs are a favorite food source. During the day, it tends to hide under logs or within thick vegetation.
A long, slender snake reaching 1 meter in length, with a smallish head and defined neck. It is named for its large eyes with vertical, cat-like pupils. It has smooth scales with a light yellowish to brown background color and dark blotches that sometimes form a banded or zigzag pattern. Its ventrum is pale and unmarked.
Learn more with Schechter Natural History's Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians