Small Question or Little Fauna

Someone pointed out to me that the odds of meeting a Big Cat in the wild was very remote at best. That is a comforting thought. LOL, I feel about as comfortable with big cats as my wife does with snakes and mice. :o)

But if I may, does anyone know anything about Killer Bees, Fire Ants, Poisonous Snakes, and Dangerous Spiders in Nica?

I have looked online several times, but can find little information about the subject.

Thank you.

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here is my 2 cents worth

Big Cats> come to the Atlantic Coast and I can show you a few Tigrillos, and a few jaguars, but only at night or very early in the morning. They are very timid and it it takes patience to see them. There is this watering whole on some property I have there and they usually on the beach come to drink. There is also a type of otter that frequents this lagoon.

As per fire ants, there re plenty. Killer bees: are everywhere. the local species are small and usually do not bite or at least are not aggressive. Spiders: I have encountered a few species of tarantulas like big spiders on the atlantic coast and in Granada Along with a few types of scorpions. On a fishing trip on the back waters of the RAAS, my friend inadvertently sat on tarantula and got bit on the behind... it was funny, at least to us.

re small question or little fauna

Your odds on meeting a big cat a big cat like a jaguar are exceedingly rare. I spent the major part of 3 1/2 years in the heart of the Colombian Amazon and I never got a single glimpse of a jaguar-never even seen its tracks or found any scat. They are a very reclusive animal and avoid people. I have never found any record of a jaguar attack on a human in the wild though there is anecdotal evidence that suggests they may have taken small native children in historical times when their numbers were more numerous. There are plenty of snakes, in fact there are 135 species of snake. Out of these, 17 varieties are venomous members of the Viper(Viperidae) and Coral Snake( Elapidae) families. The Fer-de-lance(also called Tercipelo, Barba Amarilla) is the most common dangerous snake in Nicaragua. You will also find species like the Bushmaster,two species of poisonous Coral Snakes ("Corral" in Spanish). The Corral Macho (Corralillo), and the Gargantilla. .There is a Water Moccasin, Castellana or Cantil. The Cascabel or rattlesnake (much like the US Eastern Diamondback). The Mano de Piedra or "hand of stone". The Toboga Chinga or naked pit viper. The Tamaga in the low altitudes of the Atlantic coast. The Toboga de Altura, the high altitude pit viper. Now a real beauty, the Bocaraca or Orapel, or Eyelash Viper. This thing is gaudy! Yellow, red, with those eyelash-like horns. He is elegant. There is also a group of tree snakes. The Lora or Green Tree Snake. He is the curse of the Banana workers because he is grass green and is near impossible to see among leaves. Up in a tree, he usually manages to bite the upper part of the body. Neck, upper arms, etc. There is the Vipero de Arbol. The tree viper. He is sort of mottled green too. One is the Tercipelo (velvet snake), or in English, the Fer-de –Lance (iron spear). The other is his big cousin, the Mata Buey (Ox-killer) or Cascabel Mudo (silent rattlesnake) or in English the Bushmaster. Any "wet bite" by either of these and you will certainly be in trouble. Finally there is the Yellowbelly Sea Snake or Pelagic Sea Snake that exists on the Pacific coast of Nicaragua.Hope this brief rundown on venomous snakes in Nicaragua is helpful. Personally, I hate snakes but have a great love of photographing them.For those of you who have an interest,pretty much the most authoritative text on the subject is "The Venomous Reptiles of Latin America" by Campbell, J. A. and Lamar W. W. 1989. Can be purchased on Ebay and sometimes Amazon for around 150 bucks. There is a newer work out that claims to have updated this text but I have not seen it myself-the title is Venomous Reptiles of the Western Hemisphere"

Thank you.

Thanks for the info, as I thank you all. Me personally I find snakes fascinating, my wife is terrified of them. I can see I need to do a little more studying, because some of these species I have never heard of, and I would hate to attempt to move a poisonous snake out of the driveway, and get bit for my trouble.

If you are lucky...

If you look hard enough and are lucky, you can probably find all of those, either in Nicaragua, or whereever you are from. But not to worry, there wont be any when you get off the plane in MGA. But do be careful of the sharks if you are swimming in Lake Cocibolca...

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