Okay, just one. Today Israel (our host’s watchman) was cutting the grass on a nearby finca (farm) owned by our host’s sister. The mowing was uneventful until – a large snake reared to strike! Thinking like a level-headed local, Israel fastened his grip on the large stick he had been carrying. One hard hit later, the snake was dead and Israel had a nice prize.
The dead snake was good news, as it was a terciopelo, or borthrops asper – frequently called the most poisonous snake in Costa Rica. We had been warned about the terciopelo, and we were fortunate to have our first encounter with it when it was dead. Israel had brought the snake back for us to see, and it really was a monster. Easily four feet long and ten pounds weight, its body was surprisingly heavy.
posted by jayhorowitz