Raptors, like this Great-black Hawk, have excellent eyes and here is why.
A strange visitor at my home: the Boddaert's Tropical Racer.
The Emerald Palm Snake is also a champion of being one with its surroundings.
This is how life goes around in the fauna world. Harsh but necessary.
At first glance it looks like a coral snake, but this is a false one.
Sometimes being at the wrong place at the wrong time happens from time to time.
On April 14, 2016 the Red-tailed Boa decided to have its lunch at Kabalebo.
The Great Green Iguana is known as the largest lizard of the Amazon. But still it is unbelievable to know that the little fellow on the left will grow into the Great Green Iguana, pictured right.
This is the Emerald Tree Boa (Corallus caninus), one that can blend very well with its surroundings.
The Black Amphisbaena (Amphisbaena fuliginosa) is a worm lizard that lives for most of its time in soil. Occasionally it appears on the surface, giving us the opportunity to have a closer look.
This is the Chironius scurrulus, one that undergoes changes while growing up.
The Smooth-fronted Caiman (Paleosuchus trigonatus) is a common well-camouflaged reptile in Kabalebo.
The Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus) is seen here with its head nearly above the water. A well-camouflaged semi-aquatic predator, but also a common one seen frequently in Kabalebo.
The Golden Tegu (Tupinambis teguixin) is known as an opportunistic feeder. Meaning that it likes to feed upon both plants and meat.
When looking at this picture I am always amazed by the strength of this snake. I am not talking about strangulation, but about how this Emerald tree boa uses all his muscles to keep him balanced on a vine. No legs, no claws, …. nothing extra but only his muscle. Fascinating!
Snakes …. you either like them or you don't. But meeting them in person surely ask for caution and being careful. Even if they are not venomous as some snakes do look similar to each other. We'll take a closer look at the Slender tree boa and the Fer-de-Lance; for some they look like each other but in reality they differ a lot….
I am pretty sure that when looking at this picture you would likely think this snake will attack you. But this Red-tailed Boa is one of the friendliest snake I have met in Kabalebo. Looks can be deceiving!!
The Common Monkey Lizard (Polychrus marmoratus) is also a common bush anole in Kabalebo and one of my favorite reptiles.
Before I came to work in the interior of Kabalebo, I was afraid of snakes. I knew back then that I 'froze' only by hearing the word: snake or by looking at a picture. I thought that all snakes were poisonous and dangerous. So working (and living) in the interior helped me get rid of this huge misunderstanding.
Over the past few years I learned that there are different kind of snakes:
- diurnal and nocturnal
- poisonous and non-poisonous
With the help of some knowledgeable friends and by reading a lot of snake articles/books I started to 'study':
- their patterns and shape of their head
- the way they are lying on the ground or on a log (straight or coiled)
Some examples that I experienced:
- The Slender tree boa (Corallus enydris): is often seen/mistaken for a Lancehead (Botrox atrox). Because of its almost lance head shaped head and its patterns.
- The Machete savana (Chironius carinatus): I've seen these type of snakes looking at us with its head raised, almost 25 cm, from the ground. This behavior is often mistaken with that of a cobra, meaning that it will attack you. But they do this just out of curiosity, because after staring at us for some minutes it continues its path without bothering us.
I am still learning about snakes, but knowing now a bit more about these beautiful creatures made me help to overcome my fear for them. It also let me respect them even more. 'Cause looking at them from another perspective shows me that they too are vulnerable creatures.
Here are some pictures of snakes that I've taken over the past few years. Venomous and nonvenomous snakes ... I am intrigued by all kinds. Enjoy!!
These are snakes that I respect a lot .... they are so fascinating:
And these are snakes that are being mistaken for either venomous or dangerous:
And finally .... snakes that are venomous. I was extremely cautious while taking pictures of them. A lot of respect for them.