Blunt-headed Tree Snake - stick handling, Bahia Solano, Colombia
Found during a night tour in Bahia Solano. Our guide Manuel picked it from the tree up onto a stick. However, this snake is so fast and thin that I found it impossible to photograph. Hence, we took the stick with snake into a vacant lodge and tried our luck there. A fun and acrobatic tour it was, with the snake constantly moving to the other end of the stick.
These are specialized lizard killers. Lizards that sleep at night strategically position themselves so that any movement of the plant alerts them. This snake completely bypasses that as it can stretch over half of its very lengthy body in mid-air, not touching the plant at all.
"Imantodes cenchoa" is a species of rear-fanged colubrid snake distributed in Mexico, Central America, and South America.