Snakes and Monkeys

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No adventure is complete without a surprise. On our second to last day Ali. Colin and I were hanging out at the beach house when Colin noticed that a noisy troop of endangered red squirrel monkeys was descending onto our deck area from the forest. 

Well when we investigated it turned out that they were very interested in a rather large snake that was using our clothes line to 'hang out' . We are pretty sure the six foot snake was one of the most deadly in Costa Rica. I have recently been told it is a tree boa.

When the snake saw the monkeys it hung itself from the rope while the monkeys (about 20 to 30 of them) surrounded it chattering and jumping around. I took all these pictures from the deck.

Every now and again.. some of the monkeys would venture out on the clothesline towards the snake.

 

Here you can see how the snake fastened itself to the clothesline. In the right picture you can see that the snake had recently eaten something.. maybe a baby monkey or a lizard.

After about 10 minutes, the monkeys just disappeared into the forest as fast as they appeared. The snake, however hung around for another 2 or 3 hours.

There was an iguana whose home seemed to be a hole in the tree that the snake was pointing towards. It stayed perfectly still for as long as we were around. I guess he didn't want the snake to notice him.

I have a small low-res 30 second movie of the monkeys. If you click here you should be able to see it. It is about 2MB and may take a while to download if you are using a modem.

>> Oh well. It is almost time to leave Costa Rica and go home >>

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