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  • Writer's pictureKevin Esser

Oxyrhopus petolarius

I found this beautiful False Coral Snake or Forest Flame Snake (Oxyrhopus petolarius) in the rainforest close to La Fortuna.

This snake is rear-fanged and mildly venomous (not dangerous to humans). It eats mainly lizards and other snakes. Females are larger than males and can reach a length of 1 m (39 in). This species can be active in daytime and at night. It is a mimic of the highly venomous Many-banded Coralsnake (Micrurus multifasciatus).

Oxyrhopus petolarius - Forest Flame Snake

Oxyrhopus petolarius - Forest Flame Snake


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