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Herping Costa Rica (pic Heavy)

Discussion in 'Field Herping' started by AjaMichelle, Dec 28, 2011.

  1. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    Costa Rica is the reason I love herps! People say that you leave the tropics a different person and I definitely did. This was my first time field herping, so my herp photography is a little sub-par lol also my camera was pretty terrible

    These are some of the 83 herp species we found and also some inverts!

    American crocodile! (Crocodylus acutus)
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    Dry Forest Anole (Anolis cupreus)
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    Juvenile Green Iguana Iguana iguana
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    Scorpion Mud Turtle (Kinosternon scorpiodes )
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    Probably Leptodactylus savagei (Savage's Thin-toed Frog)
    This frog screams like a crying baby when it's handled!
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    Orb Weavers
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    Banana spider
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    Costa Rican Green and Black Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus)
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    Common Tree Boa (Corallus ruschenbergerii)
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    Butterfly
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    Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus)
    I almost walked right into this caiman, it was my first time herping... whoops. :) Then I got stuck in quick sand attempting to get away lol
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    Baby Basilisk! (Basiliscus basiliscus)
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    Anolis spp
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    Whip Scorpion
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    Helmeted Basilisk (Corytophanes cristatus)
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    Central American Ameiva (Ameiva festiva)
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    Adult Common Basilisk! (Basiliscus basiliscus)
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    Probably an Emerald Glass Frog (Centrolenella prosoblepon)
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    Probably Chiriqui Robber Frogs (Pristimantis cruentus)
    How romantic!
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  2. annarawrr

    annarawrr Elite Member

    I'm so jealous! Looks like you had a lot of fun! I'd love to be able to see and study these animals in the wild, they're beautiful! It's very humbling seeing such wonderful animals thriving in the wild while some of us struggle to keep up to par with nature with our own animal companions in terms of husbandry and food. Anyway, great shots!
     
  3. BarelyBreathing

    BarelyBreathing Elite Member

    Awesome. You were pretty lucky to get to go herping there. I love the spiders and the scorpion and the American crocodiles. Thanks for sharing.
     
  4. Alyssa8

    Alyssa8 Active Member

    How were you able to hold the poison dart frog?aren't they poisonous?also,nice pics!
     
  5. annarawrr

    annarawrr Elite Member

    If I'm not mistaken the poison takes effect when it enters your blood stream like through a cut or something. Holding it is alright I think!
     
  6. hennisntacanibal

    hennisntacanibal Elite Member

    Also if it's ingested.

    You are so lucky Aja! Those are herps I only see on nature shows.
     
  7. BarelyBreathing

    BarelyBreathing Elite Member

    An auratus isn't a "true" poison dart frog. The phyllobates terribilis is. They differ in levels of toxicity, auratus being on the very low end, and terribilis being on the other end.
     
  8. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    They are definitely poisonous! This was the very first herp I ever found field-herping! The only one of our trip. We also found Oophaga granulifera (Granular poison dart frog, or Blue Jeans Dart frog) but I didn't get a pic of her. We had some TAs (so to speak) on the trip and I found D. auratus and said I was picking it up and my TA was just like "uhhh just don't rub your eyes." I guess people have pretty bad reactions to the toxins they excrete. I felt my hands burning but it was totally worth it. :)
     
  9. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    This trip changed my life! Also I have more pics! :)
     
  10. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    So true! We have phyllobates terribilis in our local zoo, but one of my goals is to find them in the wild!
     
  11. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    Anolis spp
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    Caterpillar!
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    Sloth!
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    Bats!
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    Butterfly! (check out that proboscis!)
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    Butterfly!
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    Bigger whip scorpion
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    Hyla spp
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    Moth!
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    Frog in ephemeral pool waiting for a mate!
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    Standard invasive toad pic
    Cane Toad (Rhinella marina)
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    Incilius aucoinae
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    Tiny Mystery Frog!
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    Butterfly
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  12. AjaMichelle

    AjaMichelle Elite Member

    Northern cat-eyed snake (Leptodeira septentrionalis)
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    Anolis spp
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    Anolis spp
    This species is actually dorsally rainbow-colored
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    Moth
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    Glass Frog
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    This Millipede looked EXACTLY like a spinal column, with each section resembling a vertebrae! Amazing!
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    Giant Awesome snail
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    Mapepire Corde Violon or Blunthead Tree Snake (Imantodes cenchoa)
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  13. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

    Nice shots! It seems you had an excellant adventure! How did you end up in Costa Rica?
     
  14. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    Awesome photos, and what an incredible experience this must have been!
    I would love to live a day in your shoes :D
     
  15. Iggysmommie

    Iggysmommie Elite Member

    This is where owners resemble their pets... Since I am as green with envy as my iguana. Aja you are so lucky. My brother lives in South Korea and has invited me there to go herping I just have to be able to afford it and then find a real good guide, to many hots over there.
     
  16. Kalira

    Kalira Elite Member

    Wow! What am amazing experience! You're very lucky to have had it! Awesome pics! Thanks for sharing them :D
     
  17. murrindindi

    murrindindi Elite Member

    Great shots and animals Aja, there`s nothing compares to seeing them in their natural habitat! I`m sure you`ll be doing many more such trips. If you ever get to Oz when I`m back there, I`ll show you some of my favourite places for animal spotting! (Not the spiders though, I avoid those)... (And the Bull ants)..... ;)
     
  18. Dragoness

    Dragoness Elite Member

    Color me jealous - I'll just have to wait for my adventuring. Travel is in my 'eventual' plans. Awesome pictures! I htink my favorite is the Emerald Glass Frog.
     
  19. BarelyBreathing

    BarelyBreathing Elite Member

    BATS!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love bats!
     
  20. JoeyG

    JoeyG Subscribed User Premium Member

    Awesome pictures! Seems like you had a great trip, thanks for sharing and yes I'm jelous ;)
     

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