Bushmasters are ambush predators and will use their incredible sense of smell via their tongue to locate a well used rodent trail, coil up there and wait. They have heat sensing pits along the face that allow them to see the body heat of potential prey, which gives them the ability to accurately hunt in total darkness at night. They’re said to stay in the same spot for weeks at a time waiting in ambush, talk about determined!
I spotted this one while it was eating a rat (posted a pic of it you can scroll back to see) and I took this shot after the snake had downed the rat and peacefully coiled back up in its spot to wait for the next meal.
I’ll include info on the bushmaster from my last post
The bushmaster is the largest viper in the world and the largest venomous snake in the Western Hemisphere with some reaching 12ft. I estimated this one to be 6ft+. In my opinion, the pinnacle of snakes in the Americas. They are large, rare, venomous and elusive.
That night it was pouring rain, not just a light rain but an Amazon rainforest downpour. Thunder rattled the tin roof of our little bungalow as me and my six tour participants ate dinner. Not the sort of weather most people get excited about to go hiking in! When the rain lightened a little I decided I was heading out, knowing the rain would stir up some creatures and hoping to get lucky. Because of the weather I did not bring my full repertoire of gear and backpack for fear of it being destroyed in the storm, so I only brought my camera and 2 lenses under my rain jacket. We hiked a few hours with no luck, the conditions making things hard and making us wonder if it was worth it to be out. At 11:45pm I was rounding a narrow, winding, hilly trail with the rain coming down heavy when I spotted this 6ft bushmaster stretched out, freshly caught rat in its mouth! I hollered out over the loud rain BUSHMASTER!! BUSHMASTER!! and the rest of the group caught up to see. Come with me on next year’s trip if you want to the chance to see this yourself! Email in my bio
Photographed with a Canon 80D, 100mm macro lens. Feel free to share and see more at my website www.ChrisGillette.com