Corallus hortulanus — Amazon Tree Boa
These arboreal snakes are typically found at night via flashlight by their reflections and eye shine, and this drab-colored adult was no exception. A group of us were returning from an evening boat ride when we passed very close to this snake in the foliage overhanging the river. Several people noticed it and started the usual I've-just-seen-a-snake shouting (joyful), so the boat driver pulled over close to it and Matt Cage wrangled it out of the tree without it actually biting anyone, which was an impressive and/or lucky feat. We brought it back to camp for photos, and I intended to photograph it the next day, but it got released before I had a chance, so all I have is this blurry in situ shot.
- Bartlett, R.D., and Bartlett, P. 2003. Reptiles and Amphibians of the Amazon: An Ecotourist's Guide
- Dixon, J. R. and Soini, P. 1986. The Reptiles of the Upper Amazon Basin, Iquitos Region, Peru
- Duellman, W.E. 2005. Cusco Amazónico: The Lives of Amphibians and Reptiles in an Amazonian Rainforest