A good Bushmaster’s a dead one

by Aaron on January 1, 2011

We took off yesterday morning to raft the Pacuare with Rios Tropicales.  The sun was finally out and the water from the recent rains had it raging but we were still able to go down.

The rafting on the Pacuare is pretty amazing as you can see from some video Patrick and Alex shot with their helmet cams(Rios Tropicales is the oldest, largest, and best outfitter in Costa Rica for rafting by the way.  I highly recommend them).

There are some great class III and IV rapids and the views are spectacular.

There are also quite a few critters hanging out.  The Rios Tropicales lodge is right on the river and nestled deep in the Costa Rican rainforest.  And being as such, you can expect to find some of the animals that live there hanging around the camp.

We didn’t expect to see a massive Bushmaster snake though.  This little guy was found on one of trails outside of the camp, the exact same one we hiked out on today.

He was quickly dispatched by one of the local tribesman who works at the Rios Tropicales lodge.

As our guide Ronald told us, “this is one of the bad ones”.   And by “bad” he went on to say you have about 2 hours to live if you get bitten by one(they are actually the most venomous in the Western Hemisphere according to Wikipedia).

I’m not really afraid of snakes but this guy was a monster(6 feet long) and would not be fun to meet on the trail.  Add in the fact that they usually hang out at night and we weren’t too upset to see this guy go. 

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

Edie Stahl January 1, 2011 at 6:57 am

OMG, Aaron! Hope that little dog is careful too. Looks like that snake is old enough to have family members. Did you check the shape of it’s eyes? I want to hear about other critters you saw…. Rafting looked like a blast. Anybody go overboard?


carolyn f griffith January 6, 2011 at 9:38 pm

Aaron, where are your hiking boots????

Your travels are very interesting. Thanks for sharing the events. I remember when you made a sea voyage that was amazing, too.

I occasionally see your parents and they look great.

Your first-grade teacher,
Mrs. Griffith


Aaron January 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm

Hey Mrs. Griffith, I hope all is well! It’s been a while since 1st grade but I remember it well, you were an awesome teacher. Thanks for following along, off to Aruba from Cartagena today!


Andrew February 3, 2011 at 3:15 pm

The Lodge there is awesome, seeing Johnnies dog in the video brings back good memories!


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