Banded Calico Snake (Oxyrhopus petola)

(or Oxyrhopus petolarius)

AKA Forest Flame Snake, this rear-fanged cat-eyed snake is found in tropical forests across much of Northern and central South America and Trinidad and Tobago. As with many rear-fanged venomous snakes, its venom is particularly toxic to cold-blooded vertebrates, and not of much concern for humans. They eat mainly small lizards, like anoles, but will also feed on frogs and other snakes (as well as occasionally on small mammals and birds). They reach a total length of up to 91 cm (36 in).

photographs (adults -1,2 and hatchling -3) by Dick Bartlett