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Snakes of Costa Rica

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Snakes Overview:

Snakes are other exotic reptiles that are present in Costa Rica. They represent half of all of the reptile species in the country. But of 135 species of snakes, only 17 are poisonous. Among the poisonous snakes are: a type of rattlesnake, coral snakes (red, black and yellow or white stripes), and the "terciopelo" or fer-de-lance snake.Snakes they evolved approximately 120 million years ago from their closest descendant, the Monitor lizard over time . They lure their prey in then kill the with venom. The snake in Costa Rica use to be treated as god. The largest of the world's snakes belong to this family. The anaconda has been recorded as the most massive of snakes, weighing 235 lbs. at a length of 29 feet. The anaconda's range is restricted to South America, but its close cousin, the boa constrictor. 




Where Snakes Live in Costa Rica:

Snakes mostly live in grassy areas where they cannot be seen easily. 





Precautions Travelers Should Take:

you need to take caution and respect and Most of the snake are not poisonousand

Never touch them ever.

Antivenom (or antivenin or antivenene) is a biological product used in the treatment of 

venomous bites or stings.

the bigger the snake the more poisonous it will put in you. 

Photo Gallery of Snakes:

Boa Coral snake (Micrurus sp.)
This is a picture of a Boa. There are Boas in Costa Rica. Boa snakes use the trees as camouflage. 
Coral snake (Micrurus sp.)


Coral snakes are most notable for their red, yellow/white, and black colored banding. They are poisonous.

 They are called the Eyelash Viper they look like they have what looks like eyelashes.
  Yelow Snake 
Pit Viper it can kill its prey when it is camouflaged. 


Yellow Snake the yellow snake does have venom but rarely bites.



Bothrops asper

















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