Field notes and photography by Bryan D. Hughes

Golden Eyelash Vipers near Arenal in Costa Rica

Although about anyone with a camera that sets foot in Costa Rica gets a photo of these guys, I really enjoyed finding them in my time there.

These bright yellow snakes moving through the low brush were so bright, it’s amazing they don’t just stand out in the leaves as one would expect. Instead, it’s almost as if the bright color doesn’t quite fit, and the mind just discards it. It’s a very different scenario and very far away, but I feel the same about some of the brightly colored Speckled Rattlesnakes here in Arizona, when sitting in ambush at the base of bushes where the blue, white, and orange tones stand out like a flag.

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