Parrot snake (Leptophis ahaetulla)
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Parrot snake (Leptophis ahaetulla)

I saw two parrot snakes (Leptophis ahaetulla), one on a trail in the Cockscomb jaguar reserve, and this one leaning on a branch floating in a small pond next to Blue Creek.

This species hunts frogs, lizards and birds during the daytime. It looks like this one is due to shed its skin, which is getting pretty tatty.

It was very difficult to approach this one, there was only about a meter of space in front of it and then some coarse bushes I couldn't penetrate. I moved very slowly and eventually got right in front of it. They can do a very impressive threat display, opening their mouths and even flattening their throat a bit like a cobra, but I guess I was so slow that it never got around to doing this. Eventually it rushed off at high speed, just like the one at Cockscomb.

Photograph by Richard Seaman

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