This snake is up to something.
It seems that Red-tailed boa's are quite common in the neighborhood of Kabalebo. Sometimes you can spot them hiding between the grass or under bushes or leaves. Sometimes they sit quietly in a corner. Red-tailed Boa's are most of the times quiet and still, possibly preserving their energy before moving to the next destination or before preparing for a large meal.
Last year, 2016, I already witnessed one boa while devouring an Amazon Whiptail. This year I spotted another one on the hunt, sort of.
I spotted this Red tailed boa by accident while I was looking at some birds near the airstrip. I saw a bunch of birds chattering loudly and at the same time they were jumping anxiously between the bushes. When I got closer to this 'exciting' group I saw why the whole commotion; a young Red-tailed Boa was in the neighborhood.
The whole body of this boa was hanging on by the tip of its tail, including what it just ate.
It had already devoured its meal when I spotted this snake. It could have been a bird or a lizard that it had for lunch. It looked like it was taking a nap. Somehow this snake found a pretty good balance between relaxing and keeping it all together.
After several minutes, this snake finally woke up and left. All that twittering and jumping of the birds nearby must have disturbed its peacefully nap.
Even though it had a full stomach and extra weight to carry, this Red-tailed Boa smoothly slid away between the branches.
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