We know there are dangerous snakes here in Panama. We’ve only seen a few snakes but none of the dangerous, until a few days ago. I posted a few photos in the photo challenge recently, and thought this little snake was probably a Fer de Lance (also known as a pit viper or Bothrops asper).
I recently checked my good camera and discovered that I had indeed taken a couple more photos!
These photos are shaper so it’s easier to get a better look. I believe that this is indeed a Fer de Lance. It has the correct markings and the large, flat head typical of this snake.
I have also heard that small young snakes can be more dangerous that adults. They have not developed the fine tuning and will just give you all the venom they have when they bite. I’m not sure if this is true but either way, this is a snake to be treated with much caution! Now that anti-venom is available it is very unusual for someone to die from a bite, but it is still a serious matter. These snakes can be found near, and even occasionally in homes. They are also fast, agile, and will aggressively defend themselves if they think they must.
This snake was obviously not avoiding us since it was found behind the gate to the patio where I spend a lot of my time.
We will continue to be aware of possible dangers around here. No sticking bare hands in leaf piles, no bare feet outside, and use caution with any space you can’t see into clearly. I still love snakes and appreciate the beauty of this one, but I’m also glad I’m not inclined to get within biting distance of any wildlife!