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karmatsunami
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New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)

Post by karmatsunami » November 10th, 2016, 5:31 am

Hi thanks for the add to the forum I am just a dilletante and would like an id for these snakes I think it may be a banded cat eyed snake? I have been in panama for 6 months and have been periodically going out to find snakes but haven't had much luck. The only snakes I have been able to find are of this type, last week I came across 2 Greater Grisons in the yard which might help explain why there might be less snakes here than I expected
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Paul Freed
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Re: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)

Post by Paul Freed » November 10th, 2016, 8:57 am

If you are referring to Leptodeira nigrofasciata, the Banded Cat-eye Snake, that species does not occur in Panama (and looks nothing like your photos). Based on the number of dark blotches, this looks like a Leptodeira rubricata, where in Panama did you observe it?
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Re: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)

Post by karmatsunami » November 10th, 2016, 4:52 pm

I am in Gariche near the Costa Rica border near the pacific coast a low land jungle area near rivers

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Re: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)

Post by Jeff » November 10th, 2016, 6:31 pm

I second Paul's ID as L. rubricata.

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Re: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)

Post by NACairns » November 10th, 2016, 7:33 pm

Welcome to the forum, can't add much to the ID commentary so I'll leave it to the experts.

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Post by Paul Freed » November 11th, 2016, 7:58 am

In that case, that would make it Leptodeira rubricata. Nice find!
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Re: New to the forum currently in Panama (snake Id please)

Post by karmatsunami » November 11th, 2016, 10:20 am

Thank you for the Id. I spent most of my life in eastern Canada so not a whole lot of snake varieties there, one thing that I hadn't encountered before handling this type of snake, until I handled the adult (last picture) is when handled it would roll (for lack of a better description barrel roll) not twist or squirm.

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