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Corallus grenadensis in Bequia | SBPR
Bequia, Grenadines

Photo of the Day: Snakes on a Beach!

Photo of the Day: Snakes on a Beach!

We’re all used to enduring our fair share of snakes when limin’ on the more popular, touristy beaches scattered about the Caribbean. The overly persistent higgler. The inconsiderate party boy blasting his tunes a bit too loud. The odd dog-walker who can’t be bothered to curb his dog beyond kicking a few bits of sand over a steaming pile of seaside waste. Beach snakes come in all shapes and sizes, driving uncommon travelers to more secluded, far-flung beach locales. Locales like the Grenadines. Locales where you can find, err, slithery guys like my new friend above…

This guy is Corallus grenadensis, otherwise known as the Grenadian tree boa, a fairly common wildlife resident of the Grenadines. I found him on Princess Margaret Beach on Bequia all curled up for a nap in a tree almost directly above these beach chairs.

A beach fit for a Princess... and a snake.. | SBPR
A beach fit for a Princess… and a snake.. | SBPR

The ladies who had been sitting there were in the water when I happened by and snapped a few shots of the snake. Needless to say, when I showed them the pics they stayed in the sea quite a bit longer than originally planned.

They needn’t have worried, though. Harmless and non-venomous, Grenadian tree boas aren’t interested in hurting, or even annoying people; more than we can say for those other tourist trap snakes, right?

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  • I’m pretty chill and tolerant when it comes to creatures, but I’m admittedly not a fan of snakes. I’ve seen two snakes in the Caribbean. One was a tiny little guy in my condo on STT several years ago. The second was a larger, brownish snake in the mud hiking down to The Baths on VG. This tree boa is significantly larger than both.

    I’m thankful that we don’t have venomous sea snakes in the Caribbean. Have you seen the Banded Sea Kraits of the South Pacific? Sometimes they crawl out of the water and onto the beaches. They don’t tend to hide in holes like our Caribbean moray eel friends.

    • Steve Bennett

      Thanks for chiming in, Meredith! The photo is a tad deceiving as the close-up view makes this guy look a bit bigger than he actually is/was. I’m not big on snakes either, but when they’re curled up in a tree like this, it’s no great shakes.

      I’ve also not heard of the South Pacific sea snakes you mention, though they sound amazing!

  • Cam Cam

    We stayed at a lovely villa in grenada (http://www.ixoravillagrenada.com/) last year about this time, i did not know there were these guys on the beaches!!! I do wish i had seen a couple now though 🙂 are they quite a common site?

    • Desron D

      Bequia is actually part of St. Vincent and the grenadines. Its just the name of the snake is a little misleading.