Sunday, April 13, 2008

Porthidium nasutus

Here's a pic of a rather small (albeit venomous) snake I once came across in my wanderings in the forests of Guatemala. This beauty was curled up like this in the middle of the trail down which I was walking (heading, if I recall correctly, to a blind we had built overlooking the nest of an Ornate Hawk-Eagle, Spizaetus ornatus). I snapped a bunch of photos without ever disturbing the snake, and then went merrily on my way. This was the only individual of this species I ever saw in my three field seasons in Tikal. The local common names for this snake are nahuyaca and xalpate de palo. (One of these days I'll share a photo of one of the Hawk-Eagles we studied.)

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