There certainly are poisonous snakes and insects here in the Panamanian province of Chiriquí (where Boquete and Vulcan is located) and in the entirety of Central America. However, the frequency of contact that I have had with poisonous snakes and insects in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona (where I’m from) was far greater than here in Chiriquí.
There are some snakes here in Chiriquí that are quite poisonous. I bought Finca Cazador approximately 12 years ago, and in my 12 years in Chiriquí, at 3,100 feet elevation, I’ve come across three poisonous snakes on the farm, which is a far less frequent contact ratio compared to what I had in Arizona.
I’m not one to kill poisonous creatures, if at all possible. I typically will try and capture them and move them to some other area. The indigenous people working for me are very quick with the machete for their own reasons. They typically kill most snakes, poisonous or not, which is what I found to be the case with the people coming to Panama from Mexico to work for me. They are quite terrified of reptiles, while I am not.
I was a biology teacher for 20 years. I don’t have a real fear for dangerous animals and poisonous snakes, but you can find them here in Chiriquí. Poisonous insects are very infrequent here in Chiriquí. The incidence of spiders in Chiriquí is very low, which is very tolerable. I don’t have screens on the windows in my own house, and that tells you something.
The closest large town in Chiriquí is David. Close to David, there’s a very large 11,000-foot extinct volcano called Volcán Barú, and on one side of Volcán Barú is the town of Boquete. Boquete is actually not a large town, but it gets quite a bit of press because there’s a fair number of expats living there.
If you were to go to the base of Volcán Barú, which is 10 or 15 miles closer to the ocean, that is where the town of David is located. Then if you came back up to the other side of Volcán Barú, there’s another town called Volcan, which a little bit larger than Boquete in terms of population.
I am situated approximately 25 – 40 minutes out of Volcán on the road to the border between Costa Rica and Panama. The elevation here in this little berg called Río Sereno, is 3,100 - 3,400 feet, or about 1,000 meters, more or less.