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Crossing the river before summiting 17,500 Pico Austria. Photo by Ella Williams (2016 Fall Semester Photo Contest, 2nd Place), South America Semester.

There’s a boa constrictor!

Hello all,

This lovely story begins with me feeling very tired and sick. The group was at L.P.A.C., the Las Piedras Amazon Center, during our expedition phase and there was a chocolate making activity at the Lucerna community a little ways down the river from the center we were staying at. The group left, but minus Hugh, Ella and I. I was going to take a nap, and in fact was just settling down in my bed feeling very protected by a nice mosquito net, when I heard Wes’ lovely voice yelling, ¨there is a boa constrictor¨ over and over again. Being the lover of reptiles and amphibians that I am, I ripped the mosquito net off the bed and dropped down onto the floor from the second bunk and sprinted after Wes wearing only my underwear. I raced along behind Wes feeling the mud squelch beneath my feet and squeeze between my toes, splashed through the muddy puddles that came up to the bottom of my shin. When I arrived at the group, one of our L.P.A.C. hosts, Melanie, was holding a three foot Rainbow Boa on her arm. Most of the group gave a surprised look when I ran up wearing only my underwear and Melanie looked very surprised. The snake was so thoroughly amazing and I have no regrets about showing up in my underwear!

I was later told that I should always wear shoes because there are small parasitic worms that can burrow into your feet… good to know for the future.

I didn’t get a photo of the snake so here is another google images photo just so you guys back home can get a visual.