Oxybelis aeneus

The Brown Vinesnake was aggressive and pretty.  Although it did manage to bite me once while handling it, it was a fairly slow snake and holding it just behind the head immobilized it.  It was so agressive, that it began biting sticks and leaves that crossed it’s path in the tree while we held it for photographs.  Here, it strikes at my camera…

Brown vinesnake - Oxybelis aeneus - 07.11.2009 - 11.14.42 Brown vinesnake - Oxybelis aeneus - 07.11.2009 - 11.33.53

Take that Paul

Eyelash Pit-viper - Bothriechis schlegelii - 07.14.2009 - 15.46.29

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Eyelash Pit-viper - Bothriechis schlegelii - 07.14.2009 - 15.53.33 Eyelash Pit-viper - Bothriechis schlegelii - 07.14.2009 - 16.04.06


In Cahuita National Park in Limon, we discovered three eyelash pitvipers in about a 500 m stretch.  Boa had invited me to Limon (his provence) to stay with his family one night, and then at a hostel in Puerto Viejo the next.  Meanwhile, we stopped at Cahuita, Boa’s former and potentially future place of employment, to take a hike through the gorgeous park and look for once final poisonous snake that I had never seen.  I was introduced to two of Boa’s friends and a puppy named Feliz while there and promised I would post the pictures of the vipers when I returned home for Boa and to rub the finds in Paul’s face, since he went home without seeing one of these beautiful snakes. 

Mejor Hypopachus


Hypopachus variolosus - 06.14.2009 - 13.28.59 Mexican sheep frog - Hypopachus variolosus - 07.06.2009 - 12.45.58

A better photo of the sheep frog, Hypopachus variolosus.  The males of this species secrete some kind of glue substance from their belly to adhere to mates when they amplex.  It’s nearly impossible to remove the male when that occurs.  And, when there are a couple hundred of these guys in a bucket, there are always several pairs linked up…

Before leaving, the froglets began to emerge from the wetland.

Back in Ohio

I’m back in Ohio.  It’s cold, it lacks large populations of poisonous snakes and crocodiles, and there isn’t anyone around to cook rice and beans for me at 6 am, 12 pm and 6 pm on the dot.  There are friends and family though, and at least it’s green here.

My last sunset at Palo Verde:

The Thalia moth returns

The moth caterpillar that consumed much of the Thalia geniculata in the Catalina sector has come to the Palo Verde sector.  I need to develop this…

On the edges of the broad leaves of the Thalia, small folded over 'tents' are visible.

A close up the of the 'tents' that house the caterpillars.

Some out of focus eggs, both hatched and un-hatched.

A caterpillar I removed from his hiding place...


Each morning, this anhinga is perched, drying his wings on one of the posts at my fence.  Today, he was not dry enough to fly off when I reached the fence, so, after falling into the water, he made his way back up to the top of the post to dry completely.  I was able to get about 5 m from him before he started to make a lot of noise….

A few minutes later, some of his feathers had dried, reflecting a lighter color, and he took off.

Anhinga anhinga at the fence - 07.11.2009 - 08.24.26 Anhinga anhinga at the fence - 07.11.2009 - 08.25.59


I received this message from Excel while working with some data yesterday afternoon.  It’s good, because I was sick of getting those pesky error messages.  This is an excellent solution to buggy software, Microsoft – elimination of the error message = elimination of the error.

too many errors