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Elusive tree boa rediscovered after 64 years

By T.K. Randall
February 21, 2017 · Comment icon 14 comments

Cropan's boa. Image Credit: Li­via Correa / Instituto Butantan / Facebook
One of the world's rarest snakes has been sighted again for the first time in more than six decades.
When it comes to rare snakes, few are as elusive as Cropan's boa - a species that has only been sighted a small handful of times since its discovery in Brazil's Atlantic Forest back in 1953.

Now though, following an extensive outreach program designed to educate the local community about the existence of the snakes, a live female specimen has finally been found.

The reptile narrowly avoided being killed and only survived because two people who had seen posters about the species intervened at the last minute.
Once scientists have completed their analysis of the snake it will be fitted with a tracking implant so that when it is released it will be possible to learn more about how it survives out in the wild.

"The snake will be studied in order to discover more information about its biology and habits," said Butantan Institute biologist Livia Correa. "As it has never been observed in nature, we do not have much information about its behavior."

"It will be released in its natural habitat and receive equipment with radiotelemetry that will enable its tracking in nature and the transmission of information to researchers."



Source: Live Science | Comments (14)




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Comment icon #5 Posted by Four Winds 7 years ago
Where did you find him?
Comment icon #6 Posted by .ZZ. 7 years ago
He was at a zoo where tourists could take photos. After seeing two young ladies putting him on their shoulders I figured it was safe. They told us they only eat twice a year.
Comment icon #7 Posted by Four Winds 7 years ago
Whew, I was thinking maybe you stumbled across it. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Claire. 7 years ago
That's an awesome photo! But if I were you, I would have never admitted to the two girls being braver than you.
Comment icon #9 Posted by Sundew 7 years ago
I believe your boa is a Burmese Python. 
Comment icon #10 Posted by .ZZ. 7 years ago
It was a big snake
Comment icon #11 Posted by Myles 7 years ago
I don't think you are dressed for this.  
Comment icon #12 Posted by smokeycat 7 years ago
When was the photo taken?
Comment icon #13 Posted by .ZZ. 7 years ago
1966, Bangkok, Thailand, I was on R&R from Vietnam. The best week of my life getting out of the hell hole.
Comment icon #14 Posted by .ZZ. 7 years ago
Off topic (sorry Claire ), But I didn't spend all of my time there with snakes.  


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