As I approach the entrance to Monteverde's biological reserve in the Puntarenas Province of Costa Rica, my guide, Eric, points out a viper snoozing in the crook of a tree above my head. I look up, but can't make it out. He slides a tripod off his shoulder, lines up the sight in his telescope, and there appears a long, lime green snake drooping and looping off one side of a branch and the other, fast asleep – or at least not visibly moving in its apparent highly-relaxed state. Maybe it's as pleased as I am that the June weather has cleared, for now...
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