Critters of Belize

P1000785A Tapir – related to the horse and rhino, not the anteater…I’m choosing to think of it as a moose cousin.


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The leaf-cutter ant.  There are clear trails where they operate – almost like our highways.  They take the leaves back to feed a fungus, which they then eat – ant agriculture!


IMG_5205We were told by two different people that this is a fer-de-lance snake, the most poisonous and deadly snake in Belize.  It appeared one night as I was closing the front door to our Airbnb in the dark.  Thankfully I was swinging the door from the other side, otherwise I might have had a rather close encounter…:O


IMG_5217Giant grasshopper in the window of a restaurant – Melanie’s hand for reference.


 

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A wild Melanie goes for a swim in the Mopan river.  Along with some minnows that were furiously trying to stay in place by swimming against the strong currents…insert metaphor here.  (MESSAGE!)


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P1000939I don’t know who was more delighted here – the black howler monkey eating his banana treat, or Melanie.  Their hands are very soft, and the baby would hang on for a while while he chewed.  It was pretty neat.


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We visited an iguana conservation project in San Ignacio.  The iguanas were relatively cuddly, as they go – although Melanie did get some scratch marks from those tree-climbing claws.

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We’re the Sam and Dave of the iguana world.  A dynamic duo.

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Somewhat less delighted by the iguana than the monkey was Melanie.  Although the monkey, to be fair, did not get onto her neck.

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My toes are not leaves!  Do not eat!

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The memeguana!  It’s a thing (I just invented).

 

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