Tantilizing Times with Tantillita canula

Every now and then Las Guacamayas and its forest like to remind me just how amazing it is to be here, as if to say

“Yes, you are right. This place IS special!”

It is particularly satisfying when that happens when I am with Project Chicchan volunteers to whom I am always telling what a great place for reptiles and amphibians it is.

A few nights ago I was in the dining room with Sheri, one of the November volunteers, before dinner. It was getting dark and the generator had just been switched on giving us some much needed light. I got from the sofa to plug my laptop to charge. Out of the corner of my eye I spotted a familiar movement on the floor next to where my hand was. My next word, uttered before my brain had time to catch up, was “snake”.

I picked up the tiny serpent and immediately identified it as an “LBS”, a little brown snake! I guessed it was one of several http://laparkan.com/buy-sildenafil/ species of LBS that could be found in the area. It always amazes me that even these small non-descript brown snakes excite me as much as the big colourful ones.

The next day we keyed out the LBS, looking for features such as the number scale rows and the presence or absence of other scales around the head. It took three books to be confident of the ID. LBS’s all tend to look the same, much like the LBJs (little brown jobs) of the birding world.

Our LBS was Tantillita canula, the secretive and little known Yucatán dwarf centipede-eater, it measured 11.2cm (the maximum known size is 13.5cm). Its small size and brown colouration make it difficult to spot in the leaf litter, and here it was sliding over the floor of the dining room just when I was looking in that area.

I LOVE Laguna del Tigre and Las Guacamayas!

Rowland Griffin – Director of Research

 

Published : 18th December 2013

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