Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Vine snake

Before leaving the Bosque late this afternoon, I remembered that I hadn't watered the açaí palms. As mentioned in an earlier post, açaí is a palm that loves water. It's natural habitat is on the waterways, especially around the Belém area. I've been successful in keeping a few of these palms alive on the Planalto because I give them extra water and I also mulch the ground around them with discarded organic material, including pruned palm fronds. This litter is fairly thick, so it was no surprise today to see this beautiful vine snake come out from underneath to escape the water I was unknowingly pouring onto it. After some posing, it returned inside the litter.

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