The Puerto Vallarta area is famous for its biodiversity and there are an incredible number of reptiles found here…over 460 species of snakes alone! But don’t worry, most of them aren’t poisonous. Spending time in the jungle surrounding Puerto Vallarta promises that you’ll get up close and personal with some new cold-blooded buddies.
But maybe it’s less important to mention the non-poisonous snakes and give you a heads up about the ones to avoid. Rattlesnakes, coral snakes with bands of black, red and yellow and the fer-de-lance vipers (or nuayaca) can all be found in the area. Luckily, most snakes are shy and will hide or slither away from a confrontation. But it’s always better to err on the side of caution and admire snakes in Puerto Vallarta from a distance.
Scorpions are also found in the Puerto Vallarta jungle, but, like snakes, the vast majority of scorpions are harmless. And lizards are found in great variety from cute little geckos to, on occasion, the yellow-spotted black escorpion (a relative of the Gila monster) which may bite if severely provoked and has venom that will produce an uncomfortable, but very rarely fatal, effect.
Of course, you’re not in Vallarta if you don’t see at least one iguana. On rocks, in trees, or just strolling around, these prehistoric-looking guys are all over Vallarta. And if you’re lucky, you may see one of their big relatives….the crocodile. Crocodiles in Puerto Vallarta are an officially protected species and can grow up to 15 feet.
Reptiles are just part of the huge biodiversity of the fauna in the Puerto Vallarta and Banderas Bay region and we can tell you more about what kinds of reptiles you may see here on your Canopy Tour at Los Veranos.