Since yesterday’s pop quiz was answered correctly within 12 hours, I think I’ll have to post another one…
Ever been the Pacific coast of Mexico or anywhere in Central America?
I really don’t like snakes much – but that one is kind of pretty.
I’l let someone else take a shot at it today!
ive been there…but i dont know your snakey
OK – Here’s my guess …
Well, I was going to post a Xenopeltis, but this one was more obscure…
Did I stump the little herpetologist?
I haven’t asked him yet. He went to a friends house after school and is now in bed – I’ll try and remember to ask him in the morning.
Cook’s Tree Boa?
That was his guess – if it’s wrong you have successfully stumped him!!
Cook’s Tree Boa is found on the island of St. Vincent only. It is certainly not found in Central America.
It is a Mexican burrowing python, and if you thought it was pretty before, it’s also called a New World Sunbeam Snake, check out THAT photo!
Ahhh … The first and third pics you posted are nice – I’m sure if I ever ran into one – it would look like the second. (Yuck)
I’m sure he will be disappointed that he was wrong. Oh well.
I should send you a pic of his snake.
Tell him I had to try pretty hard for that one…
He’s gotten most of them, quite the developing naturalist.
His first thought was that it was a Black Mamba – until he saw the hand.
Yes he’s an unusual child (teen now) He would much rather read the encyclopedia than a novel.
Dendroaspis (mambas) have laterally located eyes and a rounded rostrum as opposed to Loxocemus with a pointed, upturned rostrum far more dorsally located eyes.
I have no idea what any of that means, but I’ll show him. 🙂
The eyes of the mamba are located on the side of it’s head and it has a blunt nose, this snake has a pointed nose and eyes located more on the top of the head
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