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Costa Rica Picture of the Day – Yellow Bellied Snake

Costa Rica Picture of the Day  – Each day the Costa Rican Times will be including a picture from around Costa Rica to see the natural beauty and amazing things that we get to see each day in the land of the Pura Vida.

Are you scared of snakes?

The yellow bellied snakes, formally known as Pelamis Platura, are found primarily in Asia and southeastern Asia. This particular shot was taken close to Lake Arenal. The warm waters lure the snakes for breeding.

The Yellow bellies can grow up to maximum lengths of 4 ft. The snakes can go without water for a remarkable 3-4 months waiting for the rainier months to come. They feed off many small animals and rodents.

Luckily if you come across one of these snakes you should be fine, the venom is relatively harmless and no deaths have been recorded due to their bite.

Photo courtesy of Costa Rican Times Photography

Article and Photo by Michael Eggleston, Costa Rica

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