Yucatán Bird Snake

Phrynonax poecilonotus argus
(Bocourt 1888)
Quintana Roo, Mexico. June 29, 2016.

This snake was a surprise – it was crossing a road at dusk, when the fading light is thin, and headlights don’t illuminate effectively. Bird snakes typically are found in bushes and trees, in search of their namesake prey. To help secure their avian diet, Phrynonax also sport a wicked set of elongated teeth, and they are not shy about using them on humans attempting to capture them. Getting this snake in hand was a bloody affair.  Formerly in Pseustes, Phrynonax species were restored by JADIN et al. 2013.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

My Flickr album for Yucatán 2016 is here.

HerpMapper records for this species are here. 

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