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Old 07-20-2004, 04:14 AM   #31
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Isn't the Fer de lance the deadliest snake in the world? Or is it the Mamba?

Funny that the Bot Fly larvae eat viable, living tissue. Most maggots eat only dead material. That is why they have started using maggots in some medical applications. The maggots eat dying, infected areas on wounds and the like, steming the spread of infection.

All that being said, maggots are some indestructable little critters! You can spray them, or dip in in darn near anything and it won't kill them. Only way I know to kill them is to burn 'em or smash 'em!!!

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From what I understand it is the deadliest snake in the west (counting N, C. and S. Americas). I just wouldn't like to get bitten by either a fur-de-lance or bushmaster (the latter can take down a taiper in less than an hour--taiper looks like an elephant with a short nose).

Yeah, the bot-fly was the craziest thing that happened. It didn't really hurt, it was just uncomfortable. A lot of people either use meat to smother them and get them to crawl out or they use superglue. They have to breathe air so there is always a small hole in your skin.
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Old 07-20-2004, 01:39 PM   #32
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Is that a short-horned longhorned beetle? Cute little guy. I have a tiny section of art deco wallpaper border designed by Eugene Seguy that has tumbling cerambycid beetles. Nobody can tell they're beetles unless you point it out...anyone know a good way to have wallpaper reproduced? Is it bad to paper your kitchen with beetles?

Bot flies aren't the only maggots that eat living tissue. The screwworm fly oviposits in wounds but the larvae consume healthy tissue unlike most of the other blowflies which eat the dead stuff. Screwworms wreaked havoc on the cattle industry in Texas until an extensive eradication program. Now there are too many deer in Texas.
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Old 07-22-2004, 03:03 PM   #33
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Hi there

This is my first post here, so hi everyone.

I live in South Africa, and I can tell you the Black Mamba is Very Poisonous. If you get bitten by one your chances are not very good. The Green Mamba is also poisonous, but not as bad as the black one.

http://www.gov.bw/tourism/flora_and_fauna/black.html

I often get spiders like the one posted by Colin. We call them "reen spinnekoppe" or rain spiders, and they are pretty harmless. My wife hates them though, so I often have to catch and release them.
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Old 07-22-2004, 05:01 PM   #34
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The croc hunter says the fierce snake is the deadliest.
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Old 07-22-2004, 05:33 PM   #35
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I've been to Costa Rica twice, most recently a couple months ago. I haven't even gone through all of the images yet (taken with a Nikon D100), but I did see a couple of eyelash vipers and the False Coral (below). Here are a couple of pics from the trip:

Manuel Antonio:

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Carara National Park:

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Old 07-22-2004, 07:20 PM   #36
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Nice pics man!
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Old 07-23-2004, 02:16 AM   #37
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That sloth looks like the one that resides by the lab at La Selva! Great pics! Nice shots of the Dendrobates too!

I only had a meager point and shoot cam when I was there four years ago, but do have some decent shots I'll post sometime soon.

The bird pictures look great also. I was hoping to catch a Bellbird or Quetzsal, but they were always too far away for me to snap.
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Old 07-23-2004, 04:23 AM   #38
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Thanks guys. I did manage a quetzal shot (I have a 300mm telephoto lens), but it's not very good. We say several of the males--quite a site, really. My brother managed to get some great photos (he has a D100, but top-end lenses & 400mm).

The poison dart frogs were very difficult to find. I only found them in a private reserve. They're rare in the "dry" season, and especially rare in the public parks.

I was in Puerto Jimenez a couple years ago (my wife & I stayed at Bosque Del Cabo on the Osa Peninsula), and I REALLY wanted to go into Corcovado. Maybe sometime!
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Old 07-23-2004, 06:41 AM   #39
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... I often get spiders like the one posted by Colin. We call them "reen spinnekoppe" or rain spiders, and they are pretty harmless. My wife hates them though, so I often have to catch and release them.
<ron weasley>I don't like spiders!</ron weasley>

You have them that large? *shutter* Auhaghghghgh. I couldn't take it. I have enough problems catching brown recluses around here and getting them outside. I had to dispose of two just before I posted this. I HATE them.
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Yeah, they do look kind of gross, and I hate to catch them, cause they can be quite fast. They also tend to jump a lot.

Some info on catching spiders:
http://www.museums.org.za/bio/spiderweb/keeping.htm

Even though the big guys look nasty, over here you have to look out for this one:
http://www.museums.org.za/bio/spiderweb/miturg.htm

I have been bitten once, and it takes weeks to heal.
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I have enough problems catching brown recluses around here and getting them outside. I had to dispose of two just before I posted this. I HATE them.
Whoa. They may not look as scary, but they're way more dangerous than the rain spiders. Disposed of two? Where in the country are you, Colin?
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A Brown Recluse turned my buddy's leg into a green,yellow,black,purple basketball ! It had a hole in it where he got bit almost the size of a dime...

I dont catch and release ANY spiders.... I smash 'em

Snakes dont bother me but them eight legged freaks sure do !

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Whoa. They may not look as scary, but they're way more dangerous than the rain spiders. Disposed of two? Where in the country are you, Colin?
Tulsa, Oklahoma. We have them all over the place around here. My brother just kills them, but I feel bad about killing them (dunno' why) I so catch them with a drinking glass and a piece of paper and throw them out back.
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Old 07-24-2004, 12:09 AM   #44
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Anything that kills mosquitoes is a friend of mine! I've never gotten a spider bite, but skeeters just about eat me alive.
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The most deadliest snake in the world is Inland Taipan. Its found in Australia.
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