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large venomous snake, Lachesis muta, of Central America and N South America. It is a member of the pit viperpit viper,
poisonous snake of the family Crotalidae, primarily a New World family. Like the Old World true vipers (family Viperidae), pit vipers have long, hollow, erectile fangs that are folded back against the roof of the mouth except when the snake is striking.
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 family, which also includes the rattlesnake. The largest New World snake, it reaches a length of 8 to 12 ft (2.5–5.5 m). It is gray and brown, with a diamond pattern. Unlike most pit vipers, which bear live young, the bushmaster lays eggs. It is classified in the phylum ChordataChordata
, phylum of animals having a notochord, or dorsal stiffening rod, as the chief internal skeletal support at some stage of their development. Most chordates are vertebrates (animals with backbones), but the phylum also includes some small marine invertebrate animals.
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, subphylum Vertebrata, class Reptilia, order Squamata, family Crotalidae.
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Thales Australia has proven its design and engineering quality with the Bushmaster and the expertise and skills of its workforce will transition to the new Hawkei vehicle.
Army alone has received more than 8,000 Bushmasters.
The externally powered, chain-driven Bushmaster also is used on the U.
Chris Jenkins, Thales Australia CEO, said: The Jamaica Defence Force has longstanding interest in Bushmaster, and we are now very pleased to add them as an export customer.
June 28 /PRNewswire/ -- The government of Norway has chosen the 30mm Bushmaster II automatic cannon from McDonnell Douglas for use on its new CV9030 Infantry Fighting Vehicle, developed and manufactured by Hagglunds Vehicle AB in Sweden.
With this choice, the Norwegian Army becomes the launch customer for the most advanced version of the combat-proven M242 Bushmaster automatic cannon.