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Common liana snake

Siphlophis cervinus

Description:

This specimen was a real beauty! The referenced article states that this is a rare snake and that it is also called a "checkerbelly."

Habitat:

Amazon rainforest

Notes:

When returning to my room following dinner for my first night in the Amazon basin, a call was heard from one of the ladies in our group for me to bring my camera. When her roommate was the first to walk into their room, the one calling out said that her roommate had just passed a snake of about three feet in length that was in the process of eating a mouse in their room. By the time I got two doors down to their room, the snake had engulfed the mouse and was seeking to avoid being the center of attention. Fortunately, it was not aggressive at all and never arched its neck, as if to strike. First it just crawled a bit toward a bed; and, with the help of a plastic water bottle, I managed to move it over to a wall. Unfortunately, it balled itself up and landed at the feet of another young teacher, who stepped smartly away from it. Then, the snake tried to climb the wall behind the door to the room. With the use of a plastic coat hanger that I was handed, it responded nicely to being guided from behind the door and out onto the wooden deck on which our rooms fronted. Welcome to the Amazon!!

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1 Comment

Terrierteacher
Terrierteacher 8 years ago

You were indeed the knight in shining armor. I also appreciate your love for all things herp on our adventure :)

Rustic 41
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Rustic 41

Loreto, Peru

Spotted on Jul 3, 2013
Submitted on Jul 31, 2013

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