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Posted by WW on May 09, 2003 at 03:38:41:

In Reply to: Back From Costa Rica posted by Doug T on May 07, 2003 at 21:58:22:

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::and I was told they rarely ever bite...even adults. I found this by just glancing down underneath the Los Patos Ranger Station in Corcovado. It's was the brightest red I've ever seen in a snake.

:I don't know about w/c, but my cb mussuranas are totally mellow to handle. The red disappears pretty quickly though, as mine are about 3 feet long, and almost totally black.

Yeah, I have caught Clelia of various sizes, and none ever tried to bite. It seems to be a general characteristic of snakes of their group (the Pseudoboini, a tribe of the Xenodontines) - the other genera I have experience with (Pseudoboa, Oxyrhopus, Tripanurgos, Phimophis) don't bite either. On the other hand, they also share the characteristic of almost always moving at top speed while crossing roads - a catch almost invariably invovles squealing brakes, a car "parked" diagonally across the road with headlights on and engine running, and a mad scramble to get to the snake before it moves off the road, and an equally mad scramble back to the car before that 50 ton truck doing 85 mph gets to it. Ahhh, fond memories of S. American herping.... ;-)

Cheers,

Wolfgang


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