What species of snakes from Costa Rica can you see in Mistico Park?

Snakes are often thought to be gross, slimy, dangerous animals that should be avoided, but in many instances, nothing could be further from the truth. Of Costa Rica’s 139 species of snake, only 22 are venomous, and even these pose little threat to humans.

Many snakes will only attack if they feel threatened, so keeping a safe distance away and not trying to touch them is an excellent way to prevent snake bites. Costa Rica’s snake population plays an important role in maintaining biodiversity in the ecosystem and controlling animal populations. All snakes are carnivores, and they will eat mice, frogs and even other snakes!


Snakes are found in all sorts of habitats, ranging from deserts to rainforests, and Mistico Forest is home to plenty of exciting snake species. If you take our guided Natural History Walk or Night Walk, our guides will point out the great biodiversity of snakes in our sanctuary, and you’ll be able to experience the beauty of these misunderstood creatures. Here are just some of the snakes you’re likely to see in our forest:

Our guided walks through the forest offer you a glimpse of nature that you won’t get in a zoo. You’ll see many other creatures apart from snakes and get an idea of how the entire ecosystem functions, as well as gain an appreciation of the biodiversity found in Costa Rica.

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