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We found so many snakes with Pablo that we decided to have a few episodes devoted to these beautiful and often misunderstood creatures. First: the common Fer-de-lance!

This is a segment in a series about The Field Museum's Rapid Inventory No. 27, a journey through the forests between the rivers Tapiche and Blanco in Peru. Every year, the Museum's conservation group [the Action Center!] gathers together leading scientific experts across a number of disciplines (botany, zoology, geology, and anthropology) in order to gain an understanding of little-known areas of the rainforest. They work with local communities and their governments to help inform decisions made for conserving these unique, precious, and threatened parts of the world.

To learn more about the Rapid Inventory program, check out the other Amazon Adventures!

Read more about The Field Museum's Rapid Inventory programs:

This expedition would not have been possible without the generosity and help of Corine Vriesendorp, Nigel Pitman, Alvaro del Campo, Tyana Wachter, Ernesto Ruelas, and the rest of the Rapid Inventory team. Thank you for allowing us to join you on this journey, and for giving us the trip of a lifetime.

Special thanks to Pablo Venegas for showing us so many amazing creatures during this expedition! Nobody knows snakes like Pablo.


Producer, Writer, Creator, Host:
Emily Graslie

Producer, Writer, Editor, Camera:
Tom McNamara

Theme music:
Michael Aranda

Created By:
Hank Green

Production Assistant:
Katie Kirby
Supported by:
The Field Museum in Chicago, IL

Filmed on location between the rivers Tapiche and Blanco in Peru.

Don't you think our transcriber, Waris Mohammad, and our translators, Tony Chu, Barbara Velázquez, and Martina Šafusová look particularly -striking- today?
Emily: Is this how you typically catch venomous snakes in the wild? You put them in a tube?
Pablo: Mhm. It's very safe.
Emily: Unless you less go of the tail, and then it (whooshing noises)
And it seems a little agitated.
Pablo: It's, uh... Very nervous, the snake.
The local people call this a rattlesnake.
Emily: They think it's a rattlesnake because of the tail?


Emily: So, we're here with Pablo again and he's found a fer-de-lance snake. What can you tell us about the snake?
Pablo: It's a venomous snake. Very common in the Amazon basin.
It's a very aggressive snake. (pokes it with a stick)
Emily: Waiii-aii-aii-ah! Oh, woah, woah, God! He's not happy. Oh, geez.
Pablo: No, no.
Emily: Oh my gosh, I think it left a fang in the handle of your thing.
Oh, God.
Pablo: One fang.
Emily: Don't touch that!
Pablo: Huh?
Emily: It's got venom on it!
Pablo: No, I don't have injuries in my finger. (he pulls the fang out)
Emily: Oh, gosh. Wow. Wow!
Pablo: The snake is attract to me.Communities. They like to pick off the rat.
Emily: Yeah, right, exactly. So, they're coming in and they're responsible for pest control.
Where did you find it?
Pablo: Uh, I found last night in one of the trail.
Emily: Oh. That's reassuring. Was it, like, in the middle of the trail?
Pablo: Yeah, in the middle of the trail.
Emily: Oh, great. Because I've been walking around in my sandals at night.
Pablo: Waiting for somebody without boots.
Emily: Oh, God!


"It still has brains on it."