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During our self-guided night hike at the Arenal Lodge, Costa Rica.

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Based on the pattern it looks like Sibon nebulatus, but the size and a view head would be helpful.

Posted by awebster about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Posted by awebster about 4 years ago (Flag)
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Thanks! I wish I had seen the head, but I took the photo from below and was not willing to poke it with a stick, even with a long stick :-)

Posted by csparr about 4 years ago (Flag)
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The other possibility is a juvenile Pseustes poecilonotus which can be quite variable in color and pattern but as was already pointed out, the head would have helped in identifying this snake.
-Paul

Posted by herpguy almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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I suspect we don't have any photos of juveniles on this page: http://eol.org/pages/1055511/media. It looks like a generally thinner, smaller snake to me -- this observation was perhaps fist-sized or larger coiled up -- not big but definitely not small. I'm more convinced by the patterns on Sibon nebulatus. Herpguy -- can you verify the identifications of the unreviewed photos at the bottom of http://eol.org/pages/1055511/media?

Posted by csparr almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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Posted by csparr almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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I looked at the page you requested and it looks like that snake is a Pseustes poecilonotus (based on the head shape, the large eyes, and the ventral coloration).
-Paul

Posted by herpguy almost 4 years ago (Flag)
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