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Thirty-four species of snakes were recorded during the herpetofaunal survey,
ranging from tiny burrowing blindsnakes,
through five species of boas,
ground snakes, treesnakes, watersnakes,
to dangerous highly venomous species
ie. coralsnakes, lanceheads and rattlesnakes.

Below is just a small selection.

Amazonian treeboa,
Corallus hortulanus,
comes in many colour morphs.
Brazilian rainbow boa,
Epicrates cenchris,
one of a large pair found.
Common green racer,
Philodryas viridissima,
capable of a worrying bite.
Stripe-bellied smooth snake,
Liophis poecilogyrus,
a small harmless frog-eater.

True coralsnake or false coralsnake ?

In South America forget the rhyme:
“Red to yellow, kill a fellow;
Red to black, friend to Jack (or venom lack)”

True coralsnake or false coralsnake ?

In South America forget the rhyme:
“Red to yellow, kill a fellow;
Red to black, friend to Jack (or venom lack)”

Take a closer look – loreal scale present.

False coralsnake,
Erythrolamrpus aesculapii,
only mildly venomous.

 

Take a closer look – loreal scale absent.

Amazonian coralsnake,
Micrurus lemniscatus,
highly venomous.

 

 

Common lancehead,
Bothrops atrox,
a common and highly venomous species.
Mt Roraima rattlesnake,
Crotalus durissis ruruima,
rivalled only by the eastern diamondback for size.