Dipsas catesbyi — Ornate Snail-eating Snake
Also known as:
This is an arboreal, nocturnal snake that is considered abundant in this part of Peru at least. Yet somehow I had managed to see 16 Imantodes cenchoa in the area before I finally saw my first one of these. This individual was spotted by our local staff member and eagle-eyed snake-finding master, Edvin.
Cliff Bernzweig found this napping beauty while the two of us were unsuccessfully searching for glass frogs.
I spotted this cute li'l snake non-photogenically draped in some roadside vegetation after I and a bunch of fellow herpers got out of our road cruising van to check out the contents of a pond. I think some of the others might have gotten good photos of it.
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Dixon, J. R. and Soini, P. 1986. The Reptiles of the Upper Amazon Basin, Iquitos Region, Peru
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest