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A month in Belize

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I have been in Belize for the past month or so and just wanted to share some of the animals I have found. This is just from looking around the bushes of the field station so I have not got as much as I would have liked but I am not complaining either.

Leptophis mexicanus
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Coniophanes schmidti
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Dryadophis melanomus
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Agalychnis callidryas
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Hypopachus variolosus
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Smilisca bandinii
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Norops lemurinus
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Trachycephalus venulosus
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Coleonyx elegans
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Crocodylus moreltii- we caught this guy too but I had to put of the camera and focus on holding this beast down.
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Hyla picta
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Indicilius valliceps
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Ctenosaura similis
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Leptodira septentrionalis
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Bothrops asper
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There were more herps that I found but I did not get pictures of. Some of my colleagues have photos of them though so I will post them if I can get a hold of those photos. In the mean time- here are some awesome non-herp species that I have found.

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If you have any questions, feel free to ask. Otherwise, enjoy!

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Cool post! What's the story on the jaguar?

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What are the teeth like on those Leptophis? I'm guessing they're big and sharp, tuned for hunting anoles.

Such cool coloration on that Leptophis mexicanus!

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reptilist wrote:Cool post! What's the story on the jaguar?

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Agreed, is that a trail cam or what?

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great stuff - that T. venulosa was flipping spectacular!

-Mike

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The T. venulosa must have been fun to photograph. The ant squad is a great image too!

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Mike Pingleton wrote:great stuff - that T. venulosa was flipping spectacular!

-Mike
Agreed! :thumb:

Gerry

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Lots of great shots, but I especially like the Coleonyx elegans.

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sorry for the ancient bump- I rarely have time any more. The jaguar was drugged so that we could implant an RFID and take blood samples. It was released on the ground while it was still fully under. As she woke up she moved towards our group and stood atop a fallen tree. Our group was not a part of the capture team and only got to see the tail end of the action as the drugs wore off. We got a call at 3am that she was in a trap and arrived as quickly as possible but the capture team consisting of 3 technicians and a vet had done all of the work and backed off of her already. I missed the opportunity to grab a photo while she was down because of this. I do have more photos but they are dark and blurry because it was tough to focus through the leaves in the dark. The flash from this shot actually alerted her to our presence and turned her around. I hope that answers your questions about the Jaguar.

I forgot to include these shots from my last week there which was spent on the coast. I saw 3 species of sea turtles but only got photos of the green and loggerhead. I missed the hawksbill because it was too quick.

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I also was finally able to get this shot from a colleague who helped with this behemoth.

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Those turtle shots are fantastic!

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I think your Dryadophis is really a Pseustes.

Also, it's neat how the pattern of that jaguar matches that of a jaguar at the Belize Zoo perfectly. They must be twins. ;)

http://ramblinsan.com/2013/01/15/the-belize-zoo/

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Having spent time in BZ I'd say you did very well but that jag looks like Junior from the BZ zoo...or as Mike said Junior has a twin. What researchers were you watching was it Panthera by any chance? I know some of the folks down there, they were looking at including a friends lodge in their habitat corridor project for jags in BZ.
Great photos!
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We were staying at Lamani Outpost. They have a group of scientists there including Venecia (Belize's only wildlife biologist). We helped out on the study and did a little side study for the class using camera traps and sherman traps (for prey density). Here is a photo of Venetia setting one of the leg hold traps if you do not believe me. We never did make it to the zoo so I guess this one is similar.

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lol.

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Wow!!! I hope she's not married!!! Have any more pics of the cat? Even a blurry one would be cool.

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I spent a little while comparing the two Jags, and man....the pattern of spots on the face are an exact match. Just come clean, dude.

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LolLolLOL :lol:

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Oh Boy! :shock: :o

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Mike VanValen wrote:I spent a little while comparing the two Jags, and man....the pattern of spots on the face are an exact match. Just come clean, dude.
He's right. They are like fingerprints. The log is even the same (horizontal log in the picture in Mike's link)- same knot on the lower side.
--Berkeley

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Well... this should put this debate to rest:

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Or I'll ask Venetia tomorrow morning. Her office is across the hall from mine. :)

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PS- I was on that trip with you. I caught the parrot snake you photographed. I believe my friend Dustin found the Pseustes you photographed as well as the Agalychnis. I was also in the small group of 4 or 5 people on the hike when you found the fer-de-lance. Oops!

3 lessons to be learned here:

1) The world is a small place.

2) The herp world is the SMALLEST of places.

3) You don't get many chances to establish your credibility and it will someday be your most valuable asset. As much as this must suck it's better to learn this lesson here and now rather than in some sort of more professional venue.

Mike

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Awkward! :)

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Lol I'm sorry but that's hysterical, it's pretty obvious those jaguars are the same when you line them up and look closely.

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So... now are any of the other pictures for real?

Belize - a fictional tail of... ADVENNNTURE!!! (I logged in just for that. OK, now back to real life.)

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Let me tell you about the time I fought off a pack of wolves! (I couldn't resist! lol All in good humor. All in good humor. ;) )

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Hey folks, I just got back from Komodo, where I tracked down this dragon, implanted an RFID in it's mouth, and fed it hunks of locally trapped water buffalo.

Huh? What do you mean? That's the natural landscape of the island, it just happens to look exactly like concrete.

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...I had to get it out of my system. :mrgreen:

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I found this majestic soaring eagle.

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Well, since I was on that trip I guess I should post one of my images as well.

It was a beautiful day on the water... the same day snakeguy101 saw the sea turtles. I was snorkeling a shallow reef when I suddenly came to a deep ledge. I was about to turn around when I noticed something out of the corner of my eye.... a huge sperm whale! I've never been in the water with a whale so I couldn't believe what was happening! Go figure, I didn't have my camera with me but I know I wouldn't have seen such a cool sight if I had remembered my camera. I popped my head up to look for my companions but I had drifted too far away. I turned around to take another look at the whale and noticed a unicorn swimming along the surface!!! I knew I had to capture this thing or nobody would believe me! So I quickly constructed a fence out of driftwood and contained the magical creature. It was then that the craziest part happened.... the sperm whale came and helped me carry the unicorn back to shore!!! We had almost made it when the whale had to stop because the water was too shallow. The unicorn then jumped into the water and swam back to sea. I know nobody will believe me but I do have something to present as evidence... this artist's rendering of the most incredible moment of my life...


















































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You bad! :lol:

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Who makes that kind of picture? (That wasn't alive in the 60's)

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Those underwater turtle shots were fanstastiC!! Great post snakeguy!!!

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Mike, dude, you found some awesome stuff on this trip! Sakeguyfella, you got some good shots of those finds, I'm glad Mike had you there to log the photos.

I remember when I finally found my first Jaguar enclosure. It. was. AMAZING!

-Jake

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Yikes, you folks are relentless... A lesson to all, I suppose. :|

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I surmise that if the guy had just come clean we wouldn't have been quite as relentless.

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Silly humans....


Another good reason to have an actual name on the boards.

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Wow, Mikey Fresh thanks for keeping this kid on track. We've seen a few young guys behave like knuckleheads and then make miraculous turn arounds. I guess he thought he was impressing the ladies by telling us all the tall tales.

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Snakeguy, what scorpion is in the photo above the tarantula?

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