Pantanal, Brazil


After Antarctica, the one place that we hadn’t gone in South America that we wanted to go to was Brazil, so we decided to not go to Moracco and to go to the Caiman Lodge in the Pantanal, Brazil. We flew in on a tiny plane and drove to the lodge.

The first night there, I saw a little head poking out of a stone wall. I recognized it as a snake, but since I still haven’t found a good book or website on the herps of Brazil, I’m not sure what species it is. It looks a bit like a Blunt-headed treesnake, but the hotel said it was a “False Viper” or “Sleep Snake”- lol.

Caiman were very common during the day:

These lizards were very common on the walls of the hotel:

A woodcreeper:

Burrowing Owl:

Hyacinth Macaw:

An unidentified Treefrog

And  another unidentified treefrog:

Another picture of the “Sleep Snake” the next night.

Cururu Toad

Some more unidentified treefrogs:

A Giant Anteater that we found on a night drive in a field:

A little snake that was almost always poking out of his hole in this stone wall. We think that it is a Short-nosed Leaf-litter Snake (Taeniophallus brevirostris), but aren’t sure.


This funny little armadillo lived close to the hotel, so we saw him almost every day and named him “Arnold, the Armadillo”.

More Capybaras:

Rufous Frog (Leptodactylus fuscus)

Tegu Lizard:

These tiny frogs were hopping all over the trails during the day:

Another tiny frog that we found on a trail during the day. I could be the same species, but I’m not sure.

This awesome frog was found during the day covered in dirt.

Common Oval Frog or Narrow-mouth Toad (Elachistocleis ovalis)

Another cool frog- not sure what species:

His belly:

Another Treefrog- possibly a Mato Grosso Snouted Treefrog (Scinax acuminatus)

Some sort of frog:

Rainbow Whiptail (Ameiva Ameiva)

Caiman eyes at night:

We were in our hotel room during the afternoon doing schoolwork, when my mom ran in and yelled to us that there was an Anaconda outside the hotel! I got my camera and rushed out to the door. it was only a baby, but that might be a good thing- lol.

Yellow Anaconda (Eunectes notaeus)

It was by far the highlight of the trip and even though it was a baby, it was still the biggest snake I had ever seen.