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December 2012

Surprise visitor: Rare Bromeliad Boa

A couple of nights ago we had a surprise visitor next to our restaurant. A beautiful bromeliad boa (Ungaliophis panamensis) was resting calmly on a large leaf. Contrary to what its name would probably suggest, this snake is actually not part of the "Boa family" (Boidae) but is the only member of the dwarf boas (Tropidophiidae) family here in Costa Rica. Little is known about these little snakes (up to 60 cms long), they occupy a range of habitats from lowland rainforest to highland pine-oak forests to cloud forests.