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Amphibians and reptiles of Costa Rica

In Costa Rica there live approximately 150 species of amphibians and more than 200 species of reptiles (some authors speak of more than 450 species for both). You meet them not only on tours to the jungle or on one of the riverexpeditions but also at the beach and in hotels.

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Iguana sitting in the sun

One of the most common groups of reptiles you'll see is the one of the iguanas. The green iguana (Iguana iguana) can grow to two meters in length. They can be found living in trees and near water, into which they will dive if frightened. ...
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Iguana on tree

One of the favourite places of iguanas are trees, where they sit without moving. For someone not experienced they are well hidden and hard to find. The picture was taken on a tour at Rio Sarapiquí.
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Strawberry Poison Frog

Strawberry Poison Frog (Dendrobates pumilio) -one of the less-toxic species of Poison Dart Frogs.
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Eyelash pit viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) [bothriechis-schlegelii-3.jpg]+

Eyelash pit viper (Bothriechis schlegelii)

On a guided tour in the jungles near Tortuguero we met a couple of exemplars of this snake. From its habitat, the tropical rain forests, it advances into bordering plantations. Although their prey mainly consists of small animals like ...
(c) Frieder Edelhäuser 2005