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Discussion in 'Field Trips (Natural Habitats)' started by oblivion56, Jun 20, 2005.
me in venezuela,guatemala,el salvador that snake is a fer de lance!
Those are some great pics, i went to south america a few times but it happend to be prior to my exotics obsession began. I hope to go back one day.
Hey, great pics! I love the face the guy behind you is making, assuming that's you with the snake.
The fer-de-lance is Bothrops atrox, right?
Where exactly were you when you found it (country/region) and where did you find it specifically? Like under a large fallen leaf, forest debris, etc...
What did your guide or any locals say when you handled it? How did you pick it up? Was that the only one you saw or were there more?
i caught in in nirgua venezuela,northwest.i found it in a pile of cinder blocks we used.i caught it free hand.the natives are scared to death of this snake and call it mapanare.it was vey aggresive!i released it after the pic was taken.my first snake i aver caught outside the u.s and it's a fer de lance!i was shaking for an hour after!
Did you see any other venomous snakes while you were there? How long did you spend in the rainforest?
i saw 1 cascabel,i was there for about a month.
And was it atrox? There are a few I think, referred to as Fer-de-lance, but I don't think they are nearly as common and may be restricted to certain countries and regions?
i have sent the pic to many experts and they agree it's atrox,i thought it was asper but i guess i was wrong.bad snake either way!of course i didnt have my tongs or a hook near by!we wgere a long way from the nearest doctor also
Damn lucky to have found the atrox, I think. The cascabel was found where? Did you handle that one as well?
i found the cascabel near caracas,didnt handle that one!didnt want to press my luck.i think i was lucky to have found and caught the atrox!
oh by the way,the locals thought i was crazy as hell!they wanted me to kill it,which i didnt.they called me savior de serpiente!they said many people are killed by that snake each year.
B. atrox is widespread over the northern parts of the Amazon region. Also they inhabits a number of different habitats, from mountains (up to several thousand meters) down to the rainforest habitat.
They are common but hard to find.
But are there any other Bothrops that are referred to as Fer-de-lance? Or is that only a name for B. atrox?
Thats a common name for many Bothrops, could be any of a number of species really since small ones are not easy to ID. The real fer-de-lance is from caribian island of Martinique - Bothrops lanceolatus.
What kind of frog is that?
Any other jungle pics?
I'd love to see some more.
Well, actually, I'd like to take some more, but this will have to substitute, for a while.
Are they in fact marine dwellers?
If so that would be the first amphib I have ever heard of in salt water.
there was no beach near there,i dunno :? i found him in an a fire ant mound!