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Posted by davidmuir on May 08, 2003 at 11:40:37:
In Reply to: Wild Boa c. imperator - Costa Rica *pic* posted by davidmuir on May 08, 2003 at 11:34:15:
::During a prolonged stay in Costa Rica earlier this year, I managed to observe - among other species - a couple of Boa constrictor imperator in the wild. I observed one of these - a neonate - catching and swallowing an adult bronze-backed climbing skink (Mabuya unimarginata). These pictures were taken in Cahuita in the Limon Province, right on the Carribean coastline. This animal was actually found within about 20ft or so from the ocean. The ground cover was so thick that the animal literally disappeared before your eyes if you didn't keep them focused on the animal.
::Other interesting finds included several eyelash vipers (Bothriechis schlegelii), such as the specimen pictured. Despite their seemingly obvious golden coloration, these snakes - the locals refer to them as oropels - blend into their immediate environment amazingly well, and are easily overlooked in the magnificence of the jungle. This particular picture was actually taken at nighttime in pitch black darkness, withone hand holding the camera set on autofocus, while the other hand was holding a cigarette lighter to create minimum lighting for photography - all while yet keeping the hand holding a significant heat source out of striking range :)
:You are sooooo lucky to have been in Costa this year. I was going to get back there this year too, But could not aford it.
Belive it or not but when i was there in 2002 i did not see one snake and belive me i looked. I did see a lot of lizards but no snakes. Those are very nice pics and I loved being in cahuita, is Myboy still doing his famus breakfasts?