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Fer de lance and prey

Bothrops asper

Description:

The Fer de Lance in one of the biggest venomous snakes form the new tropics, it is found from the lowlands of Mexico to the northern part of south america. This individual is a juvenile females of about 40 cm long, and somehow manage to hunt a small common tody flycatcher.

Habitat:

Rainforest lowlands, farms and garden close to the forest

Notes:

Juvenile Fer d Lance ( Terciopelo) eating a common tiririji. Todirostrum cinereum Observed in La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiquí. May 2 2019. close to the students dining room. There was a group of several birds with the typical behavior when a predator is near and when checking carefully, I saw the snake and at one side, the bird already dead; the individual is a male of Todirostrum cinereum, the female fluttered near the snake in the hope to move it away...

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13 Comments

armadeus.4
armadeus.4 3 months ago

I agree with Jim.....you nailed this one Jonathan! Congratulations on SOTW. Thank you for sharing :)

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 3 months ago

You nailed this one Jonathan...great spotting!

Tukup
Tukup 3 months ago

Once again Jonathan, congratulations on your SOTW. Well done.

Zlatan Celebic
Zlatan Celebic 3 months ago

Congrats Jonathan, well deserved!

DanielePralong
DanielePralong 3 months ago

Congratulations Jonathan, this amazing spotting on predator eating prey has been voted Spotting of the Week! A great behavioral series with high drama and interesting notes on flock behavior: all of these contributed to you winning the vote.

"Our Spotting of the Week is not for the faint-hearted, but features a superb series of shots of predator and prey. A juvenile Fer-de-lance (Bothrops asper), a highly venomous pitviper, has taken a common tody-flycatcher (Todirostrum cinereum) as a prey, and proceeds to swallow the bird as a whole. Discover more images and notes on behavior here: https://buff.ly/2LFuZCH
Spotted at the La Selva Biological Station, Sarapiquí, Costa Rica, by Jonathan Sequeira. Bothrops asper is considered the most dangerous snake of Costa Rica".

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Tukup
Tukup 3 months ago

Congratulations on your nomination for SOTW. Well done Jonathan.

AshleyT
AshleyT 3 months ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 3 months ago

Fantastic action series. Super spotting.

Tukup
Tukup 3 months ago

Great series and write up Jonathan. They are incredibly cool to watch as they eat. Thanks for sharing this spotting.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 3 months ago

What a series! Totally stunned. How lucky you were.

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 3 months ago

Are you kidding? I was not expecting this at all. What an amazing spotting! Wonderful photos and information, Jonathan.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 3 months ago

It is amazing how a rather small snake can eat such a huge bird! Great spotting Jonathan, congrats.

Jonathan Sequeira
Spotted by
Jonathan Sequeira

Provincia Heredia, Costa Rica

Lat: 10.43, Long: -84.01

Spotted on May 4, 2019
Submitted on May 4, 2019

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