I realize that a lot of people will see the word “snakes” and bypass this post. But, I encourage folks to continue on in case you see something that may help you appreciate snakes just a little bit.
Besides the obvious facts about how important snakes are to the ecosystem, I think they can be appreciated for their beauty. Snakes come in all sorts of shapes and sizes with iridescent scales, brightly colored patterns, and remarkable abilities.
Tiger Rat Snake, Costa Rica:
Green Tree Snake, Belize:
Black-skinned Parrot Snake, Ecuador:
Orange-banded Snail Eater, Costa Rica
Boa Constrictor, Costa Rica:
Green Anaconda, Ecuador:
The Anaconda is a fantastic snake. This juvenile was “only” 6 feet long. Even at that age, it was very thick and muscular. Can any birders in the group name the birds calling in the background of this video?
Cat-eyed Snake, Costa Rica:
Tropical Bird Eating Snake, Costa Rica:
Coral Snake, Belize:
Fer-de-Lance, Costa Rica:
Yes, even this deadly Fer-de-lance is beautiful in it’s own right. I have seen a couple of these snakes and neither was aggressive towards me at all. They just wanted to coil up in peace and wait for prey to walk by.
Well, if you’ve made it this far into the post, then I figure you must like snakes at least a little bit. One of the things I like most about them is the way they move.