Blazam, panafools! You know, we’ve talked snakes. And we’ve talked spiders. And we’ve talked snakes and spiders in such a way that you all might be forgiven if you thought Panama was infested with the things. Especially because it is. But it’s also infested with a lot of other cool stuff. Like, I don’t know…this BLUE FROG CARRYING TWO TADPOLES ON ITS BACK!:
That’s right: blue frogs. Here’s that same picture again, just to drive the point home:
Anyway, to review, in addition to snakes and spiders, there are blue frogs. We also have gigantic beetles:
And your requisite camouflage-capable lizards:
Beetles and lizards=mostly harmless. Harmful, on the other hand, are the spindly caterpillars which took over one of the trees that the hammock hangs from:
(When alerted to their presence, our host grandfather Manuel made a torch and burned them alive. I got the impression he´d had a nasty run in before...)
Also potentially painful, I suppose, were the wasps carrying larvae on their backs that started to horde on a tree right outside the back door:
But they moved on without incident.
And let´s not forget the scorpions, which live in the cracks in the walls and only come out at night:
No one we have talked to here has been bitten by a spider. Almost half of the people have had a run in with a scorpion. Pretty scary stuff, I know. But, if you want to talk about real, heart-stopping, palm-sweat-inducing, makes-you-believe-that-pure-evil-does-exist terror, try looking into the face of a...
...wait on it...
FUZZY BABY DUCK!!!!