at Tue Dec 11 17:34:22 2012 [ Report Abuse ] [ Email Message ] [ Show All Posts by David_Diamond ]
My wife and I just returned from a wonderful vacation in Costa Rica. We did not have much time to "herp" the wilds, and our strictly day-lit searches yielded nothing more exciting than the usual fare of reptiles and amphibians that have more or less adjusted to altered habitat (still exciting for a Chicagoan like me): green iguanas, Ctenosaura, green-eyed tree frogs, two species of poison dart frogs, green and brown basilisks, a caiman and a handful of crocodiles, a slender anole, and countless examples of the ubiquitous house geckos.
For our next trip, I have been promised a few guided night hikes in more remote areas, so I hope to someday see some native serpientes in their natural habitats. We did get to visit a reptile exhibit in Monteverde, where I saw a pair of mussurana and a large adult male black-tailed cribo.
This was the first adult Dry I have seen in person, and I was floored by his presence. He immediately captured my heart and my imagination, validating the countless references any snake keeper will hear about the Drymarchon magnificence. The locals call them the "royal inhabitants of the savannah" for very good reason. This snake was easily 7.5 FT in length.
Impressive, to say the least.
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