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#236313 - 04/26/07 01:28 AM Snake Identification
sniknej Offline
We just got back from our trip. We were driving on the cart path about 7 miles up from town (north) and saw a snake in front of us. It was startled once we drove closer and leaped back into the brush. I'm looking to identify it and haven't been able to find anything that related exactly.

It was brownish red in color (about the color of an earthworm) and was about 10-12 feet long. It had no saddles or stripes on it which made me wonder since it didn't look like any boa I have ever seen.

Any thoughts?

#236320 - 04/26/07 08:47 AM Re: Snake Identification [Re: sniknej]
KC Jayhawk Offline
Belizean leaping snake?
When you find a big kettle of crazy, it's best not to stir it.

#236322 - 04/26/07 08:57 AM Re: Snake Identification [Re: KC Jayhawk]
Katie Valk Offline
Snakes of Belize from the Belize Zoo
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#236324 - 04/26/07 09:38 AM Re: Snake Identification [Re: Katie Valk]
JZB Offline
I've seen snakes similar to this around my house. A uniform deep red-brown with no markings, a thick body (not like a vine snake) and its head was more shaped to its body rather than have a neck and bulbus head like a boa.
I've looked in my reptile book and on-line a bit but haven't found out what it is either.

#236333 - 04/26/07 10:44 AM Re: Snake Identification [Re: JZB]
SimonB Offline
I've sent your description to a Belize Herp expert hopefully he should be able to identify it.


#236336 - 04/26/07 11:09 AM Re: Snake Identification [Re: SimonB]
elbert Offline
Snakes of Belize book
is a great one .
Richie Woods once published a book on Ambergris Cayes flora and Fauna. In the book he said Ambergris Caye had no poisons snakes. I believe a Real Estate agent may have given him $100. to print that.
We definitely have coral snakes and its cousin the fake coral snake. 5 years ago I killed a Yellow Jaw Tommygof Ferdalance at Mata Grande only one I've ever seen on the Island. and I'm sure I didn't spell that right.
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#236337 - 04/26/07 11:16 AM Re: Snake Identification [Re: elbert]
SP Daily Offline
If there was one theres gotta be more!

#236338 - 04/26/07 11:20 AM Re: Snake Identification [Re: elbert]
TrueLover Offline
Thanks Elbert.

I thought there were only three. The Boa, the whip snake, and that little brown and green one. One guy told me he saw a fluer de lance about a hundred feet from my place. If I find it I'll catch it and free it near KVarners place when he gets one. Ha ha ha haaaa...
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#236340 - 04/26/07 11:34 AM Re: Snake Identification [Re: TrueLover]
SimonB Offline
While the pictures on this site are not specific to Belize many of the species are in country. There is a False Fer de Lance (Xenodon rabdocephalus) which may be present on the island along with the Fer de Lance (Yellow-Jawed Tommygoff (Bothrops asper).)


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#236353 - 04/26/07 01:03 PM Re: Snake Identification [Re: SimonB]
SimonB Offline
Black Tail Indigo Snake: http://www.yucatanwildlife.com/species/indigosnake.htm


Based mainly on the size (they seem to be sure it wasn't a vine snake), and a little on color, lack of distinct skin patterns, and habitat, I'd guess it was a blacktail indigo. To my knowledge, they are the only snakes in that area that are pretty much uniform in color (and heavy-bodied) to reach the 8 ft-plus size. But, I'm unsure if indigos occur on San Pedro. Tell them to go out and collect a specimen for us!

I've attached a photo you took of an indigo we caught at Gold Button back in 2000.


(digital cameras have come a long way in 7 years)

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