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I believe I posted this one earlier this spring. Costa Rica afforded me several opportunities to snag some really fun pics. I think this is my favorite, though.
This is one of my favorite snake species, the Black-speckled Palm Pitviper. Arboreal vipers have always held a fascination to me because they're so beautiful, and this one is particularly rad. What a treat it was to see such a fragile and exotic looking snake in its natural environment! I lived in Costa Rica for ~4 months last spring, and we found this snake in the last couple weeks. I had resigned that I probably wouldn't find one if I hadn't seen one already. A friend out on a birding hike was the one who spotted this snake. He let others of us know its location and we went out and carefully bagged it for some later photos. In the cool morning, we did the shoot while the snake was a bit more slow. I have never worked with such a photogenic animal. It would coil into gorgeous poses and then freeze for minutes at a time. And, though venomous and in need of care and respect, it never even offered a threatening stance, tongue flick, huff, or anything. It really seemed to take everything in stride. After the shoot, we released it exactly where we caught it; grateful for the time and grateful that the snake was so accommodating for our interests.
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