There is more to Costa Rica than just cool birds. Mammal-wise I’ve seen Spider and Howler monkeys, neotropical river otters, some kind of crazy tropical squirrel, and an agouti. I’ve also seen dolphins. And three-toed sloths! But so far I haven’t had any luck getting any mammal pictures. But here are a few photos of other kinds of creatures:
Strawberry poison dart frog
Often the species has blue legs, but the ones that I have seen don’t seem to have much blue on them.
Several males hang out in the yard here. This one is about 4 feet long.
Except that his head is orange. And don’t get him confused with the dwarf yell0w-headed gecko, an African species. This is the first one I’ve seen. The house geckos are more common, and plainer-coloured, but they are pretty shy and fast-moving, so I don’t have pictures of them. We hear them “barking” all the time (I think they sound like they are laughing) and sometimes they fall off the back of the toilet stall door when I close it, startling me, and freaking them out. And their poo drops out of nowhere onto the table. So far none has fallen onto my plate!
There are many other lizards around as well, and I’ve seen a couple tiny snakes. But thankfully no Eyelash vipers or Fer-de-lances.
These are all over the beach, and sometimes in my room. But I prefer finding them to finding scorpions in my room (so far I haven’t found any of those.)
I thought the internet would help me i.d. him, but I think everyone is mis-identifying these ones as a different species.
One night earlier this month I went out with the turtle interns for the 8-12 pm shift, looking for nesting green turtles. But the season was winding down and we didn’t find any on our stretch of beach. I did see a dead turtle, killed two nights earlier by a jaguar. And we did come across a nestful of hatchlings scurrying down to the water. The turtle interns prefer finding the adult females, because they tag and measure them, but to me seeing the newly-hatched “tortugitas” heading into the sea for the first time felt very special.