All text copyright  2003-2014 by Eitan Grunwald.   All photographs copyright  2003-2014 Eitan and Ron Grunwald  (except photographs by others copyright per photo credits).  All rights reserved.
AMAZON
May 2005
 5 of 11
AMAZON
May 2005
 5 of 11
At night we would crowd into the skiff and cruise the river by flashlight, shining the branches for tree boas, but no such luck.  Instead, we found birds and bats. We had better luck in the water.  Eyeshine meant Caimans or frogs, and our crew was adept at catching both.  Some of the specimens were brought back to the station for daylight photography, then returned to the river on our next outing. This was a remarkable catch.  It’s dark and we’re motoring slowly up a small channel when Ron’s light catches sight of a snake bright against the black surface.  It’s being swept downstream by the current, desperately struggling to reach the side, but the snake is too small and weak, and the water carries it away. The engine throws a fit as our boat driver Segundo rams it into reverse.  We’re enveloped by a cloud of smoke and fumes, racing backwards to save the snake.  The tossed-about creature catches momentarily on a snag, then slips off, but it’s just the moment we need to overtake the snake.  The skiff is thrust forward, and steering by flashlight between flooded trees and submerged logs, Segundo angles the boat to intercept the swimming serpent.  Perfectly positioned for rescue, the exhausted snake drifts right into our hands.  Try that while roadcruising. Our emergency rescue:
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Smoky Jungle Frog Leptodactylus pentadactylus
Spotted Hatchet-Faced Treefrog Sphaenorhynchus dorisae
Spectacled Caiman Caiman crocodilus
Black Caiman Caiman niger
Ornate Snail-Eating Snake Dipsas catesbyi