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.
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?