My younger brother, Jack, and I spent some time in a jungle camp in western Belize near the Guatemalan border in 1999. One night our host told us some stories about the dangers that could be encountered in the jungle. He told us about the poisonous Fer-de-lance snake. He explained that once a horse was bitten by this snake in the field and died without taking another step. Jaguar and ocelot were also occasionally spotted near the camp. There was even a tree that oozed poisonous sap.