Snakes of Costa Rica
Snakes of Costa Rica

Snakes of Costa Rica

If you’re a snake enthusiast like me, you’ve probably heard that Costa Rica is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. One of the most remarkable groups in this aspect is snakes, due to their beauty and biological importance.

Snakes in Costa Rica vary in size, color patterns, shapes, behavior, and geographic distribution. Destinations such as Cahuita, Carara, Sarapiquí, or Manuel Antonio are perfect to see them. I invite you to learn a bit more about these wonderful guardians of our forests.

During your next trip to Costa Rica, organized by GWA, you’ll have a high chance of spotting some of the 141 snake species that inhabit the country far and wide. Here are some facts about four of the most common species:

Boa imperator / Mesoamerican Boa Constrictor

GWA Fact: It’s the largest and heaviest snake in Costa Rica. It’s common throughout the country and is not venomous.


Sibon nebulatus / Clouded Snail-eater

GWA Fact: This medium-sized snake has large eyes and a pattern of black bands all over its body. It’s not venomous.

Bothrops asper / Fer-de-lance

GWA Fact: Its size varies and it’s widespread across the country. It’s easily identified by its triangle pattern. It’s venomous and is a medically important species.

Bothriechis schlegelii / Eyelash Palm-Pitviper

GWA Fact: This small viper is easily recognized by the protrusions above its eyes that resemble “eyelashes”. It’s venomous and is a medically important species.

Always remember to keep a safe distance, avoid using flash in your photographs, and most importantly, embrace each experience to the fullest!

This blog was written by María José Fallas, a travel specialist from GWA, are you interested in planning your trip? Contact us at

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