|Wasn't even hungry....|
She was in a large group of other women walking through Corcovado National Park on a very well marked trail. They didn't stop, they never got off the trail, and their guide was an experienced Tico park ranger. Then out of nowhere a 4 ft. Fer de Lance came launching out of the underbrush about 10-15 ft. to one side of them, pretty much intent on murder. Everyone ran like hell, but my friend's wife was the slowest... She was bitten repeatedly on the calf, thigh and hands. The ranger and another lady in the tour group sustained multiple bites as well trying to help her. The ranger eventually dispatched it with his machete, but until that moment it just would not stop biting. Everyone had to be airlifted to San Jose for antivenin because the park did not have enough for all three people with the amount of venom in the equation. My friend almost lost his wife, and they moved back to Switzerland just a few months later.
Here's a video that shows the aggressive behavior of this snake pretty clearly. This tour group spots one swimming, and the sum'bitch turns around and starts going for the boat. Those of you who understand Spanish will get a kick out of the radio chatter that ensues...
This next video is NOT for the squeamish, and if you are already afraid of snakes you don't need to even watch it. This is video features the most dangerous snakes on the planet based on how many human deaths are attributed to them every year. The second one in the video is the Fer de Lance, and it shows quite graphically the effect it's venom has on human tissue. Again, not for the squeamish...you have been warned!
On a serious note, snakes (with the exception of this one and a few others) are generally shy and very misunderstood creatures. The also serve a critical part in the ecosystem in that they keep rodents and other disease carrying vermin at bay. They deserve their part in the food chain just as much as we do and are further deserving of our respect. I think all snakes are beautiful and fascinating creatures with alot to teach us about ourselves.
But fuck this one...kill it with fire!
See you next Thursday with more Bastard Costa Rican Wildlife!