I visited several nature reserve in Costa Rica. Especially the amphibians and reptiles were very interesting. Some of the highlights were the Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas, german: Rotaugen­laubfrosch, french: Rainette aux yeux rouges), the venomous Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel), and the sloths. Another highlight was seeing a Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, german: Mittel­amerikanischer Tapir, french: Tapir de Baird), the first time I saw a tapir in the wild.

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Nature in Costa Rica

Pacific Coast Costa Rica
Pacific coast of Costa Rica. (508k)
Beach Drake Bay
Beach at Drake Bay. (964k)
Evening Drake Bay
Evening at Drake Bay. (574k)
Caño Island
Caño Island. (702k)
Arenal Volcano Over Lake
Arenal Volcano over Lake Arenal. (442k)
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano. (945k)
Rainforest Tortuguero
Rainforest near Tortuguero. (1174k)
Rainforest Along Rio Celeste
Rainforest along the Rio Celeste (Skyblue River). (1001k)
Volcanic Gases Bubbling River
Volcanic gases bubbling up through the river. (1278k)
Place Rio Celeste Picks
Here is the place where the Rio Celeste picks up the fine sediment that causes the vivid blue color. (1374k)
Rio Celeste
Rio Celeste. (1352k)
Clear Water Flowing Into
Clear water flowing into the Rio Celeste. (1013k)
Waterfall Rio Celeste
Waterfall on the Rio Celeste. (1422k)
Waterfall Rio Celeste
Waterfall on the Rio Celeste. (996k)

Flora in Costa Rica

Poor Man's Umbrella (Gunnera insignis)
Poor Man's Umbrella (Gunnera insignis). (1011k)
Small Mushrooms
Small mushrooms. (723k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (841k)
Flower
Flower. (786k)
Brazilian Red-cloak (Megaskepasma erythrochlamys)
Brazilian Red-cloak (Megaskepasma erythrochlamys). (784k)
Scarlet Spiral Ginger (Costus woodsonii)
Scarlet Spiral Ginger (Costus woodsonii). (483k)
Bird-of-Paradise Flower (Strelitzia reginae)
Bird-of-Paradise Flower (Strelitzia reginae, german: Paradiesvogel­blume, french: Oiseau de paradis). (618k)
Yellow Hibiscus
Yellow Hibiscus. (693k)
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata)
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata, french: Gingembre d'ornement rouge). (664k)
Pink Ginger
Pink Ginger. (640k)
Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior)
Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior, german: Fackel-Ingwer, french: Rose de porcelaine). (657k)
Water Lily
Water Lily. (870k)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp.)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien:Genus). (708k)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp.)
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien:Genus). (1026k)
Bird-of-Paradise Flower (Strelitzia reginae)
Bird-of-Paradise Flower (Strelitzia reginae, german: Paradiesvogel­blume, french: Oiseau de paradis). (802k)
Epiphytes Tree
Epiphytes on a tree. (1170k)
Bromeliad
Bromeliad. (994k)
Smallest Bromeliads Only Few
Smallest Bromeliads. They are only a few millimeters across. (875k)
Monkey Ladder Vine (Entada gigas)
Monkey Ladder Vine (Entada gigas, french: Cœur de la mer). (1326k)
Tree Fern
Tree Fern. (1408k)
Provision Tree (Pachira aquatica)
Flower of the Provision Tree (Pachira aquatica, german: Malabar Kastanie, french: Châtaignier de la Guyane). (886k)
Provision Tree (Pachira aquatica)
Fruit of the Provision Tree (Pachira aquatica, german: Malabar Kastanie, french: Châtaignier de la Guyane). (1061k)
Beginning Strangler Fig Eventually
Beginning of a Strangler Fig. It will eventually kill the tree in a few decades. (1169k)
Large Strangler Fig Host
Large Strangler Fig, the host tree has already disappeared. (1.6M)
Walking Palm (Socratea exorrhiza)
Walking Palm (Socratea exorrhiza, german: Wanderpalme, french: Palmier marcheur). (1266k)
Palm Tree
Palm tree. (1294k)
Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera)
Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera, german: Kokospalme, french: Cocotier). (1404k)
Tree
Tree. (1323k)
Avocado Tree
Avocado Tree. (1.8M)
Ant Acacia (Vachellia allenii)
Ant Acacia (Vachellia allenii). This tree is endemic to Costa Rica and is endangered. It has ants living on the tree in a symbiotic relationship, protecting the tree from other insects. (1338k)
Texas Madrone (Arbutus xalapensis)
Texas Madrone (Arbutus xalapensis, german: Erdbeerbäume). (1373k)
Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella)
Manchineel tree (Hippomane mancinella, german: Manchinelbaum, french: Mancenillier) with a Collared Araçari (Pteroglossus torquatus, german: Halsbandarassari, french: Araçari à collier). (917k)
Mangrove Forest Sierpe
Mangrove forest near Sierpe. (1182k)
Ceiba (Ceiba sp.)
Ceiba (Ceiba sp.) called Árbol de la Paz (Tree of Peace). (1498k)

Fauna in Costa Rica

Cicada Eggs
Cicada eggs. (984k)
Moth Cocoon
Moth cocoon. (479k)
Termite Nest
Termite nest. (855k)
Leafcutter Ants
Leafcutter ants. (785k)
Leafcutter Ants Street
Leafcutter ants street. (1121k)
Ants Carrying Small Flower
Ants carrying a small flower. (1108k)
Wasp Nest Tree
Wasp nest in a tree. (870k)
Wasp Nest
Wasp nest. (658k)
Small Active Wasp Nest
Small, active wasp nest. (541k)
Insects Visiting Flowers Night
Insects visiting flowers at night. (430k)
Helicinidae (Helicinidae gen.)
Small Snail (Helicinidae gen.). (579k)
Round-backed Millipede (Juliformia ord.)
Round-backed Millipede (Juliformia ord.). (1070k)
Morpho (Morpho sp.)
Morpho Butterfly (Morpho sp., german: Edelfalter:Genus). (1002k)
Owl Butterfly (Caligo sp.)
Owl Butterfly (Caligo sp., german: Bananenfalter, french: Papillons-hiboux). (1269k)
Tiger Leafwing (Consul fabius)
Tiger Leafwing butterfly (Consul fabius). (778k)
Blue Morpho Caterpillar
Blue Morpho caterpillar. (688k)
Headlight Click Beetle (Pyrophorus sp.)
Headlight Click Beetle (Pyrophorus sp.). (1150k)
Alurnus ornatus (Alurnus ornatus)
Beetle (Alurnus ornatus). (512k)
Cicada Nymph
Cicada nymph. (949k)
Cicada Nymph
Cicada nymph. (449k)
Cicada Nymph
Cicada nymph. (831k)
Cicada (Fidicina sp.)
Cicada (Fidicina sp.). (889k)
Katydid (Tettigoniidae gen.)
Katydid (Tettigoniidae gen., german: Laubheuschrecken). (462k)
Katydid (Copiphora hastata)
Katydid (Copiphora hastata). (781k)
Katydid (Ischnomela gracilis)
Katydid (Ischnomela gracilis, french: Pseudophyllinae). (668k)
Leaf Katydid (Orophus sp.)
Leaf Katydid (Orophus sp.). (634k)
True Katydid (Pseudophyllinae gen.)
Large True Katydid (Pseudophyllinae gen.). (450k)
Sclerosomatid Harvestman (Sclerosomatidae gen.)
Sclerosomatid Harvestman (Sclerosomatidae gen.), carrying a feather. (602k)
Spider Web
Spider web. (697k)
Wolf Spider (Tengella radiata)
Wolf Spider (Tengella radiata). (687k)
Spider (Araneae fam.)
Brown Spotted Spider (Araneae fam., german: Webspinnen, french: Araignées). (717k)
Banana Spider (Cupiennius sp.)
Banana Spider (Cupiennius sp.). (734k)
Wandering Spider (Kiekie sinuatipes)
Wandering Spider (Kiekie sinuatipes). (579k)
Grass Orb-web Spider (Larinia sp.)
Grass Orb-web Spider (Larinia sp.). (605k)
Spot-legged Banana Spider (Cupiennius getazi)
Spot-legged Banana Spider (Cupiennius getazi). (672k)
Golden Silk Spider (Trichonephila clavipes)
Golden Silk Spider (Trichonephila clavipes, german: Goldene Seidenspinne). (659k)
Isagoras (Isagoras sp.)
Stick insect (Isagoras sp.). (1025k)
Lichen Mantis (Liturgusa sp.)
Lichen Mantis (Liturgusa sp.). (751k)
Mussel Shell
Mussel shell. (1.8M)
Gulf Ghost Crab (Hoplocypode occidentalis)
Gulf Ghost Crab (Hoplocypode occidentalis, french: Crabes fantômes). It is very hard to spot, they blend in very well. (971k)
Ecuadorian Hermit Crab (Coenobita compressus)
Ecuadorian Hermit Crab (Coenobita compressus). (1014k)
Neotropical Freshwater Crab (Pseudothelphusidae gen.)
Neotropical Freshwater Crab (Pseudothelphusidae gen.). (803k)
Frog Eggs
Frog eggs. (755k)
Canal Zone Tree Frog (Boana rufitela)
Canal Zone Tree Frog (Boana rufitela, french: Hypsiboas rufitelus). (717k)
Pygmy Rain Frog (Pristimantis ridens)
Pygmy Rain Frog (Pristimantis ridens). (712k)
Common Tink Frog (Diasporus diastema)
Common Tink Frog (Diasporus diastema). They are tiny but make a very loud metallic "tink" sound at night. (729k)
Northern Rainfrog (Craugastor sp.)
Northern Rainfrog (Craugastor sp.). (741k)
Masked Tree Frog (Smilisca phaeota)
Masked Tree Frog (Smilisca phaeota, german: Costa-Rica-Laubfrosch). (402k)
Warszewitsch's Frog (Lithobates warszewitschii)
Warszewitsch's Frog (Lithobates warszewitschii). (710k)
Vaillant's Frog (Lithobates vaillanti)
Vaillant's Frog (Lithobates vaillanti). (1071k)
Yellow Tree Frog (Dendropsophus microcephalus)
Yellow Tree Frog (Dendropsophus microcephalus). (608k)
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio)
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio, german: Erdbeer­fröschchen, french: Grenouille des fraises). (877k)
Rufous-eyed Brook Frog (Duellmanohyla rufioculis)
Rufous-eyed Brook Frog (Duellmanohyla rufioculis), endemic to Costa Rica. (640k)
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas, german: Rotaugen­laubfrosch, french: Rainette aux yeux rouges). (685k)
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas, german: Rotaugen­laubfrosch, french: Rainette aux yeux rouges). (643k)
Savage's Thin-toed Frog (Leptodactylus savagei)
Savage's Thin-toed Frog (Leptodactylus savagei). (910k)
Giant Toad (Rhinella horribilis)
Giant Toad (Rhinella horribilis). (1045k)
Costa Rican Red-legged Tarantula (Megaphobema mesomelas)
Costa Rican Red-legged Tarantula (Megaphobema mesomelas, german: Rotbeinvogel­spinne), endemic to Costa Rica. (749k)
Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)
Common House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus, german: Asiatischer Hausgecko, french: Gecko asiatique). (595k)
Slender Anole (Anolis limifrons)
Slender Anole (Anolis limifrons, german: Beta-Anolis, french: Anolis). (909k)
Osa Anole (Anolis osa)
Osa Anole (Anolis osa). It is endemic to the Osa peninsula in Costa Rica. (801k)
Common Basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus)
Common Basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus, german: Helmbasilisk, french: Basilic commun). (693k)
Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons)
Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons, german: Stirnlappen­basilisk, french: Lézard Jésus-Christ). (849k)
Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons)
Close-up of the Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons, german: Stirnlappen­basilisk, french: Lézard Jésus-Christ). (659k)
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (801k)
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Large Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1036k)
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Large male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1069k)
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Close-up of the male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1194k)
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Large Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert) climbing a tree. (1268k)
Snail Eater Snake (Sibon lamari)
Snail Eater Snake (Sibon lamari). This snake is endemic to Costa Rica. (627k)
Yellow Blunt-headed Tree Snake (Imantodes inornatus)
Yellow Blunt-headed Tree Snake (Imantodes inornatus). (689k)
Northern Cat-eyed Snake (Leptodeira septentrionalis)
Northern Cat-eyed Snake (Leptodeira septentrionalis). (784k)
Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla)
Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (1054k)
Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla)
Closer view of the Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (913k)
Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla)
Head of the Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (599k)
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii)
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). This snake is highly venomous. (547k)
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii)
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). They come in various colors. (930k)
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii)
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel), another color morph. (631k)
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii)
Head of the Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). (612k)
White-lipped Mud Turtle (Kinosternon leucostomum)
White-lipped Mud Turtle (Kinosternon leucostomum). (832k)
Black River Turtle (Rhinoclemmys funerea)
Black River Turtle (Rhinoclemmys funerea). (1142k)
Tropical Gar (Atractosteus tropicus)
Tropical Gar (Atractosteus tropicus, german: Tropischer Knochenhecht, french: Gaspar). (604k)
Brown Caiman (Caiman crocodilus fuscus)
Brown Caiman (Caiman crocodilus fuscus, german: Krokodilkaiman, french: Caïman à lunettes). (913k)
Brown Caiman (Caiman crocodilus fuscus)
Brown Caiman (Caiman crocodilus fuscus, german: Krokodilkaiman, french: Caïman à lunettes). (674k)
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica, german: Weißrüssel-Nasenbär, french: Coati à nez blanc). (787k)
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica)
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica, german: Weißrüssel-Nasenbär, french: Coati à nez blanc). (984k)
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus, german: Braunkehl-Faultier, french: Paresseux à gorge brune). (803k)
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus)
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus, german: Braunkehl-Faultier, french: Paresseux à gorge brune). (895k)
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni)
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni, german: Hoffmann-Zweifingerfaul­tier, french: Unau d'Hoffmann). (983k)
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni)
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni, german: Hoffmann-Zweifingerfaul­tier, french: Unau d'Hoffmann). (990k)
Collared Peccary (Dicotyles tajacu)
Collared Peccary (Dicotyles tajacu, german: Halsbandpekari, french: Pécari à collier) with piglets. (933k)
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi)
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi, german: Geoffroy-Klammeraffe, french: Singe-araignée de Geoffroy). (1122k)
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi)
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi, german: Geoffroy-Klammeraffe, french: Singe-araignée de Geoffroy). (949k)
Mantled Howler Monkey (Alouatta palliata)
Mantled Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata, german: Mantelbrüllaffe, french: Hurleur à manteau). (963k)
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata)
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata, german: Schlankdelfin, french: Dauphin tacheté pantropical). (402k)
Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii)
Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, german: Mittel­amerikanischer Tapir, french: Tapir de Baird). (1046k)
Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii)
Closer view of the Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, german: Mittel­amerikanischer Tapir, french: Tapir de Baird). (833k)

Video Clips

Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata)
Pantropical Spotted Dolphins (Stenella attenuata, german: Schlankdelfin, french: Dauphin tacheté pantropical). (27.4M)
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana)
Green Iguanas (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (78.2M)

Underwater

Reef Community
Reef community. (653k)
King Angelfish (Holacanthus passer)
King Angelfish (Holacanthus passer, german: Kalifornischer Engelfisch, french: Poisson-ange à barre blanche). (687k)
Bicolor Parrotfish (Scarus rubroviolaceus)
Bicolor Parrotfish (Scarus rubroviolaceus, french: Poisson perroquet bicolore) (large) and Cortez Rainbow Wrasse, primary phase (Thalassoma lucasanum) (small). (633k)
Panama Sergeant Major (Abudefduf troschelii)
Panama Sergeant Major (Abudefduf troschelii). (377k)
Blacknosed Butterflyfish (Johnrandallia nigrirostris)
Blacknosed Butterflyfish (Johnrandallia nigrirostris, german: Barbier-Falterfisch, french: Poisson-papillon à nez noir), right center. (678k)

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