According to hospital statistics, more than 2000 people a year in Costa Rica are victims of accidental snakebites. There are, however, a number of people who are also victims of snakebites and never report to medical centers.
Costa Rica has 15 different species of venomous snakes, among which are the fer de lance, the godman montane pit viper, slender hognosed pit viper, jumping pitviper, black speckled palm pit viper, eyelash palm pit viper, the rainforest hognosed pit viper, side palm pit viper, the mute rattler, neo tropical rattlesnakes, cantils, corals, red tailed coral snake, chinilla, and selagic sea snake.
The fer de lance and mute rattle are famous because they produce more poison than any other snakes in Costa Rica; they also cause the most harm to their victims. Their poison is the most venomous.
The non-poisonous snakes that are the most well know are: false corals, mica, boas, sabanero real, zopilote and false lora. Even though these non-poisonous snakes characteristically have no poison glands, they do carry a high number of bacteria that can cause infections, necrosis, and even tetanus, due to the contamination in their fangs.
Interesting facts about snakes
Snakes don’t see, smell or hear. They perceive heat through sensors that surround their mouths.
Pythons can go a year without eating, if their last prey was large.
The Costa Rica’s mussurana and the california king are the only snakes that feed on other snakes, that may or may not be poisonous.
The rat snake can eat up to eighteen rats, one after another.
The toboba chinga mates in groups of 30 individuals, during several days.
The fer de lance is responsible for 90 percent of snake bites in Costa Rica.
The life expectancy of snakes depends on the species, but varies between 12 and 40 years.
We offer terrariums where it is easy and safe to observe these reptiles
This marvelous amphibian and reptile zoo is a perfect way to become acquainted with Costa Rica fauna. Animals are kept in natural habitats, and at the same time, can be observed comfortably and safely by our visitors.