South American Bushmaster

Lashesis muta
(Linnaeus, 1766)
Depto Loreto, Peru. January 21, 2013.

Matt Cage and I were heading back to camp late one night (early one morning, really), and this beast was coiled up on the trail, and photographed as found. The snake was right at six feet in length, although it seemed much longer at night on a dark trail in the forest! On subsequent trips, Matt and I learned the ways of the shushupe (as it is known locally), and now it’s a rare trip where we don’t see one. Four pictures here – the largest snake in the western hemisphere deserves to be seen.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here.

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