My mentor and friend Bill Lamar is killing me. I’ve spent a lot of time looking for a bushmaster. It’s my most sought after snake and I’ve yet to see one in the wild. He’s seen bunches of course. Recently he sent me an email – no text. Just a photo. Of him holding another bushmaster from a recent trip to Peru. The bushmaster has a legendary status as a fearsome snake. It is the largest viper in the western hemisphere and it has extremely potent venom. The reality is that the myths and fears from this snake are greatly exaggerated and just as often unwarranted. Bill posted a short YouTube video of this recent find where he describes the public perception of danger and risk in the Amazon vs the reality. Here he shows a group of people on one his GreenTracks trips a bushmaster. These snakes can be very dangerous but reality is they are uncommon, secretive, and usually quite docile. Of course, I wouldn’t recommend anyone handle this snake but in the video you can see that given a little space one can easily admire this beautiful animal. That is if you can find it.