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Venomous Snakes of Costa Rica

(en Español)

By Manuel Cabalceta Mendéz, Professional Rainforest Guide
manuelstours@icloud.com, www.manuelstours.com, 8719-6195

Translation by Brian Schoenholtz 
brian.schoenholtz@limecoral.com, (630) 760-8017,  (505) 8616-4365

Jumping Viper/Mano de Piedra

Jumping Viper/Mano de Piedra

Among reptiles, snakes are the most adaptive group and there are an estimated 2,900 species in the world. In Costa Rica, there are 139 species of snakes, representing 60% of the reptiles of the country. 22 species are venomous and the remaining 117 species are non-venomous. Snakes are found in almost all regions of Costa Rica, including the low lands, volcanic slopes, and even as high as 9,000 feet on mountain ridges.

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