A shot of the face of a bushmaster, in situ, in the Peruvian Amazon. Checkout the size of the head on this snake, it was like a dinosaur! Most snakes have very sleek and relatively slim heads, this bushmaster’s was much more thick and blocky, coupled with their unique scalation, it really reminded me of what I would imagine a dinosaur would look like. It was coiled on the edge of the trail in an ambush position, awaiting any small mammals using the trail. Such an impressive snake, it was like a garbage can lid coiled on the edge of the trail. This one was 8ft+. Bushmasters are the longest venomous snake in the Western Hemisphere, adults can reach nearly 12ft long. In my opinion, the pinnacle of snakes in the Americas. They are large, rare, venomous and elusive. I can’t describe how excited I was to find one in the wild! I had read about them in books since I was kid and have had a few brief opportunities to work with them in captivity, but finding one in the wild in its natural habitat has always been a dream of mine. Right at about midnight we happened upon this ~8ft bushmaster coiled on the edge of the trail. The best word I can use to describe its behavior is calculating. It did not seem afraid of us, but instead stood it’s ground for about 15 minutes, maintaining its original coil, but turning its head very clearly to inspect each of us as we took photos. After a few minutes it then went off into the brush, where I was able to catch and handle it back for a few more photos. I’ll be posting a ton of photos! So amazing, one of the reptile highlights of my life. If you want to join me on one of my amazon trips with @mtamazontours
, keep an eye out as I may be running an early summer trip and another fall trip.
Photographed with a Sony A7riii with a Metabones mark V adapter and Canon 100mm macro lens. If you enjoy my photos I always read and appreciate comments, also feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com
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