Reptiles

There are 200 species of reptiles in Costa Rica. Of the 135 snake species in Costa Rica only 17 are poisonous.

Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schtegii) - one of the most poisonous snakes in Central America and they carry a hemotoxic venom, they also have a prehensil tail. I raked this guy up after we cut some brush down to get to our bananas. He was understandably upset and struck at me. We took several pictures, tied up the dog, and let this guy go on his way peacefully.

Bushmaster (Lachesis muta)- The largest pit viper in the world, infrared sensing pits for hunting warm blooded animals. We knew this and yet could not resist disturbing him once we found him nestled in some rocks on a steep hill face we were climbing. Stupid! It struck at Jim and just barely missed. (photo from animalpicturesarchive.com)

 

A pair of iguanas resting in a tree. They are great climbers. We have many in Santa Rosa and they love to lay in the middle of the road, early in the morning, to soak up the heat.

Jesus Christ lizard (Basilicu basilicu) - They live near rivers and streams and run ON water as a means of escape, therefore the name Jesus Christ lizard. We often saw them running across the river when we were going down to cool off in the mid day heat.

Life is good when you have a warm bath and a soft log to lay your head on. This is Happy, she came to us as a rescue and has become a member of our family for more than 15 years now. She is an old boa constrictor with a beautiful temprement. She loves taking a bath.

“It is incredile and shameful that neither indoctrinators nor moralists raise their voice against the abuse towards animals.”  Voltaire

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