Not all snakes are bad

Many people believe that all snakes are bad. That is not true. Of the more than fifty species of snakes found in Belize, only 8  are considered dangerous to humans. Visit our Venomous Snakes of Belize Page

Some of the many Harmless Snakes of Belize

Boa Constrictor

Boa constrictors occur all over Belize, including several islands. The mainland populations are bigger, heavier than island forms, even if they rarely reach 2m (6,5 ft). Primary food sources are mammals, but they often capture lizards, birds, amphibians.

 

 

 

Mussurana

The Mussurana is a tropical American rear-fanged snake. The Mussurana preys on both rodents, which it kills with its venom, and on other snakes, which it kills by constriction. It is largely immune to the venom of members of the genus Bothrops (fer-de-lance and allies), its chief prey. The Mussurana may be 2.1 m (about 7 feet) long. Adults are blue-black or brown, with a white belly stripe; the young are pink, with dark head and collar.

 

Black Tail Cribo

The Blacktail Cribo is one of a species of indigo snakes in the colubrid family. Colubrids are the largest family of mainly harmless snakes found worldwide except in Antartica. The Blacktail Cribo is native to Central America. Blacktails have good temperaments, non-aggressive, very placid. The Blacktail Cribo grows to about 8 feet in length, some even to 10 feet. Tails are black as their name indicates. Some have bodies of tannish yellow or golden brown while others have black flecking. There are black stripes near the eyes. Sometimes, with age, tails will lighten somewhat in color.

Vine Snake

This snake is very slender, roughly 2 cm (0.79 in) thick, and may attain a total length of about 1.5-2 m (59-79 in). The tail is long and very delicate, but mostly used to hold on while reaching for prey. The head is aerodynamically shaped and very pointy, the mouth is very large and extends almost the whole length of the head. The tongue is long and green; when in use it is kept outside the mouth and moved up and down. this behavior is reflected in other species of vine snake and its believed that they are using their tongues as sights the way a cat uses its whiskers, as they move very quickly through branches and brush.

Speckled Racer

Racer is the name for several related swift, slender snakes, especially those of the genus Coluber. All of the racers are nonpoisonous, non-constricting, day-active snakes. Not a robust snake, the adult Speckled Racer averages 30 to 40 inches long. At first glance the snake appears black, but closer up a distinctive speckled pattern is visible.  Speckled Racers occur in both forested and open settings, but seems to prefer dense thickets heavily littered with plant debris, palm groves or brushy river bottoms. It often frequents human settlements and is generally terrestrial. Typically they live near water where their amphibian prey may be located. A diurnal predator, the Speckled Racer feeds primarily on frogs and toads. Occasionally it will eat lizards, reptile eggs and small mammals.

Tropical Rat Snake

The Rat Snake may be found from southern Mexico through Central America and across much of South America to northern Argentina. Highly adaptable, the Tiger Ratsnake inhabits rainforest edges, open woodlands, brushy grasslands , thorn scrub and similar habitats. It readily colonizes farms, ranches and the outskirts of developed areas, where it is alternately welcomed as a rodent predator and persecuted for taking chickens and their eggs. Rat Snakes are equally at home on the ground or well-up in trees. Rat Snakes are constrictors, and actively search out a wide variety of prey.  Their appetites know no bounds – ground squirrels, rats and other rodents, possums, rabbits, bats, birds and their eggs, lizards, frogs, and other snakes are all consumed with equal gusto.  Chickens and ducks (and cats, I’ll bet!) are taken near farms and villages.

 

 

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