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AMAZON
May 2005
 8 of 11
AMAZON
May 2005
 8 of 11
One night Ron, Dirk, and I hit the trails on our own, completely confident we’d find something interesting. Instead, we were totally skunked, absolutely nothing.  So, naturally, we came to the only logical conclusion possible: There were no more herps in the Amazon.  In the meantime, our Peruvian crew also went out that night and, naturally, brought back bags of herps for us to photograph in the morning.  So much for deductive reasoning. Note the reverse color sequence of this next snake.  Never mind “red to black, venom lack” — they don’t play by the rules down there. The Peruvian crew discovered this snake right by the steps of the shelter where Ron and I were staying.  It’s just a Ringneck, right?  Well, actually, it’s another Coral Snake.  See, I told you they cheat. Finally, this exceedingly cool lizard they caught napping at night.
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Big-Headed Snail-Eating Snake Dipsas indica
Northwest Black-Backed Coral Snake Leptomicrurus narduccii melanotus
Velvety Swamp Snake Liophis typhlus
Blunt-Headed Tree Snake Imantodes cenchoa
© Dirk Stevenson
Amazon Climbing Salamander Bolitoglossa altamazonica
© Dirk Stevenson
Western Ribbon Coral Snake Micrurus lemniscatus helleri
Western Leaf Lizard Stenocercus fimbriatus