Bothrops asper (Yellow-jaw Tommygoff, fer-de-lance) using a coconut as a comfy bed
Articles on Belize Belizean Artists and paintings Banks of Belize The Belize Barrier Reef Birds and Birding in Belize Belize Blogs Boat Charters Bookstore Businesses in Belize Belizean Casinos Caving and Cave tubing in Belize Annual Costa Maya Festival Cruise Ships Belize Scuba Diving and Snorkeling Electronic greeting cards with a Belizean flavor Economics of Belize Ambergris Caye Field Guide Fishing in Belize tarpon bonefish Golf carts Belize History Knowledgebase for Belize and Ambergris Caye Hol Chan Marine Reserve Belizean Holidays Belize Resorts, lodging Belize Maps Tour Guides in Belize Belize Message Boards / Forums National Parks and Reserves in Belize Latest Belize News Ambergris Caye Telephonebook /Directory Photographs of Belize Belize Restaurants Real Estate and Realtors in Belize Shopping in Belize Sitemap Snorkeling in Belize Spa / Massage What to do in Belize Belize Tour Guides, Travel Agents Quick Travel Hints Video Volunteers and Volunteering in Belize Belize Weather Forecast and conditions Belize Weddings, Getting married in Belize What's New on the Website Artists in Belize, Belizean Art
Saturday January 21, 2017

Previous | Next | Archive |

BelizeSearch.com
Website of the Day

Creatures of Belize
A place to share knowledge and pictures of the fauna in Belize. The important thing here is sharing knowledge, not necessarily how pretty the photo looks. Better an adequate photo showing distinguishing features and a comment telling us the location, than a beautiful picture we cannot identify from.
Click here for past
Websites of the Day
Bothrops asper (Yellow-jaw Tommygoff, fer-de-lance) using a coconut as a comfy bed

For a big one at TREES, keep an eye out in Dry Creek about 800m upstream of the swimming hole. There's a 1.5-1.75m one that's been there at least a couple of years. Likes to swim and then sit-and-wait on the rocks, spotted late evening/dusk a few times and late at night.

Such an impressive and beautiful specimen ! I also saw it in DC 5 (5th transect starting from the swimming hole), at around 10 PM.

1) Snakes are VENOMOUS not POISONOUS (venom is injected by fangs or stingers, poison is ingested)

2) Boa Constrictors have eliptical pupils, nostrils and pits and they are NON-VENOMOUS

3) Coral snakes have round pupils, nostrils and no pits and they are THE MOST VENOMOUS SNAKE IN BELIZE

4) The ventral scales on the tail of a snake say absolutely NOTHING about its toxicity.

Additionally, here in Belize, the best way to determine a venomous snake is by the features of the two most prominent types: Coral snakes, and crotalid viper species.

1) corals are generally characterized by yellow, black and red banding (red touch yelow kills a fellow), however one species has red and black banding alone, and is mimicked by a harmless slug eating snake with the same coloration. If you can't distinguish the two, leave both alone at all times. They will not harm you under any circumstances if left alone.

2) Pit vipers (fer de lance, jumping pitviper, rattlers) other than the obvious rattle on a rattlesnake, other pit vipers are generally characterized by a large triangular-shaped head and pits in the nostril area. They have elliptical pupils and a brow ridge over their eye (giving them a constantly angry look). The coloration in pit viper species of belize is generally bland with light/dark browns, grey, and black. There is supposedly an eyelash pitviper in Belize which can be yellow or green, but they are extremely rare and would be impossible to misidentify, because they have eyelashes.

Photographs by Russell Gray

The Fer de lance in Belize - Part 1

Also known as the Yellow-jawed Tommygoff in Belize, BFREE Founder and Director Jacob Marlin reviews the characteristics and behavior of snakes in general and of the Fer de Lance (Bothrops asper) in particular.

The Fer de lance in Belize - Part 2

The Fer de lance in Belize - Part 3

The Fer de lance in Belize - Part 4

Jacob Marlin, Herpetologist and Director of the Belize Foundation for Research and Environmental Education (BFREE) discusses the beautiful and often misunderstood Fer-de-lance or Tommygoff (Bothrops asper).

Click here to comment on this picture.

Belize Slideshow




Click here for a large selection of photographs and videos of Belize
Email us - Weyour photographs. Send us yours with a description!


Belize Search.com Belize News.com Belize Cards.com Belize History IslandBazaar.net Belize Weather
Belize Lodging Tours & Recreation Diving & Snorkeling Fishing Travel Tips Real Estate
AmbergrisCaye.com Island Information Visitor Center Belize Business San Pedro Sun
SanPedroDaily.com Belize Message Board Restaurants Things to do

Belize Picture of the Day


button Home button Island button Community button History button Visitor Center button Goods & Services button Search button Forum button Contact Us button

Copyright by Casado Internet Group, Belize