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. (501k)
Beach Drake Bay
Beach at Drake Bay. (920k)
Evening Drake Bay
Evening at Drake Bay. (566k)
Caño Island
Caño Island. (682k)
Arenal Volcano Over Lake
Arenal Volcano over Lake Arenal. (446k)
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano. (906k)
Rainforest Tortuguero
Rainforest near Tortuguero. (1120k)
Rainforest Along Rio Celeste
Rainforest along the Rio Celeste (Skyblue River). (954k)
Volcanic Gases Bubbling River
Volcanic gases bubbling up through the river. (1225k)
Place Rio Celeste Picks
Here is the place where the Rio Celeste picks up the fine sediment that causes the vivid blue color. (1306k)
Rio Celeste
Rio Celeste. (1279k)
Clear Water Flowing Into
Clear water flowing into the Rio Celeste. (968k)
Waterfall Rio Celeste
Waterfall on the Rio Celeste. (1338k)
Waterfall Rio Celeste
Waterfall on the Rio Celeste. (947k)

Flora in Costa Rica

Gunnera insignis
Poor Man's Umbrella (Gunnera insignis). (958k)
Small Mushrooms
Small mushrooms. (694k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (803k)
Flower
Flower. (754k)
Megaskepasma erythrochlamys
Brazilian Red-cloak (Megaskepasma erythrochlamys). (756k)
Costus woodsonii
Scarlet Spiral Ginger (Costus woodsonii). (470k)
Strelitzia reginae
Bird-of-Paradise Flower (Strelitzia reginae, german: Paradiesvogelblume, french: Oiseau de paradis). (594k)
Yellow Hibiscus
Yellow Hibiscus. (686k)
Alpinia purpurata
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata, french: Gingembre d'ornement rouge). (639k)
Pink Ginger
Pink Ginger. (624k)
Etlingera elatior
Red Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior, german: Fackel-Ingwer, french: Rose de porcelaine). (636k)
Water Lily
Water Lily. (832k)
Heliconia sp.
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien). (679k)
Heliconia sp.
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien). (978k)
Strelitzia reginae
Bird-of-Paradise Flower (Strelitzia reginae, german: Paradiesvogelblume, french: Oiseau de paradis). (772k)
Epiphytes Tree
Epiphytes on a tree. (1068k)
Bromeliad
Bromeliad. (924k)
Smallest Bromeliads Only Few
Smallest Bromeliads. They are only a few millimeters across. (837k)
Entada gigas
Monkey Ladder Vine (Entada gigas, french: Cœur de la mer). (1247k)
Tree Fern
Tree Fern. (1327k)
Pachira aquatica
Flower of the Malabar Chestnut (Pachira aquatica, german: Malabar Kastanie, french: Châtaignier de la Guyane). (844k)
Pachira aquatica
Fruit of the Malabar Chestnut (Pachira aquatica, german: Malabar Kastanie, french: Châtaignier de la Guyane). (993k)
Beginning Strangler Fig Eventually
Beginning of a Strangler Fig. It will eventually kill the tree in a few decades. (1095k)
Large Strangler Fig Host
Large Strangler Fig, the host tree has already disappeared. (1.5M)
Socratea exorrhiza
Walking Palm (Socratea exorrhiza, german: Wanderpalme, french: Palmier marcheur). (1197k)
Palm Tree
Palm tree. (1223k)
Cocos nucifera
Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera, german: Kokospalme, french: Cocotier). (1342k)
Tree
Tree. (1255k)
Avocado Tree
Avocado Tree. (1.7M)
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. (1263k)
Arbutus xalapensis
Naked Indian Tree (Arbutus xalapensis). (1292k)
Mangrove Forest Sierpe
Mangrove forest near Sierpe. (1121k)
Ceiba sp.
Ceiba (Ceiba sp.) called Árbol de la Paz (Tree of Peace). (1416k)

Fauna in Costa Rica

Cicada Eggs
Cicada eggs. (928k)
Moth Cocoon
Moth cocoon. (496k)
Termite Nest
Termite nest. (828k)
Leafcutter Ants
Leafcutter ants. (765k)
Leafcutter Ants Street
Leafcutter ants street. (1026k)
Ants Carrying Small Flower
Ants carrying a small flower. (1035k)
Wasp Nest Tree
Wasp nest in a tree. (823k)
Wasp Nest
Wasp nest. (654k)
Small Active Wasp Nest
Small, active wasp nest. (557k)
Insects Visiting Flowers Night
Insects visiting flowers at night. (451k)
Small Snail
Small snail. (579k)
Millipede
Millipede. (1013k)
Butterfly
Butterfly. (930k)
Caligo sp.
Owl Butterfly (Caligo sp., german: Bananenfalter, french: Papillons-hiboux). (1209k)
Consul fabius
Tiger Leafwing butterfly (Consul fabius). (762k)
Blue Morpho Caterpillar
Blue Morpho caterpillar. (672k)
Pyrophorus sp.
Headlight Click Beetle (Pyrophorus sp.). (1066k)
Beetle
Beetle. (515k)
Cicada Nymph
Cicada nymph. (901k)
Cicada Nymph
Cicada nymph. (464k)
Cicada Nymph
Cicada nymph. (800k)
Cicada
Cicada. (843k)
Cricket
Cricket. (475k)
Unicorn Cricket
Unicorn Cricket. (759k)
King Cricket
King Cricket. (660k)
Leaf Katydid
Leaf katydid. (634k)
Large Katydid
Large katydid. (457k)
Daddy Longlegs Carrying Feather
Daddy Longlegs, carrying a feather. (601k)
Spider Web
Spider web. (692k)
Brown Spotted Spider
Brown Spotted Spider. (674k)
Brown Spotted Spider
Brown Spotted Spider. (705k)
Spider
Spider. (718k)
Wandering Spider
Wandering Spider. (582k)
Wandering Spider
Wandering Spider. (610k)
Cupiennius sp.
Banana Spider (Cupiennius sp.). (660k)
Araneidae gen.
Orb-weaver Spider (Araneidae gen., german: Echte Radnetzspinnen). (642k)
Stick Insect
Stick insect. (975k)
Moss Praying Mantis
Moss Praying Mantis. (726k)
Mussel Shell
Mussel shell. (1.7M)
Ocypode sp.
Ghost Crab (Ocypode sp., french: Crabes fantômes). It is very hard to spot, they blend in very well. (965k)
Hermit Crab
Hermit crab. (944k)
Land Crab
Land crab. (773k)
Frog Eggs
Frog eggs. (734k)
Unidentified Frog
Unidentified frog. (704k)
Pristimantis ridens
Pygmy Rain Frog (Pristimantis ridens). (702k)
Diasporus diastema
Common Tink Frog (Diasporus diastema). They are tiny but make a very loud metallic "tink" sound at night. (706k)
Craugastor fitzingeri
Common Rain Frog (Craugastor fitzingeri). (725k)
Smilisca phaeota
Masked Tree Frog (Smilisca phaeota, german: Costa-Rica-Laubfrosch). (413k)
Lithobates warszewitschii
Warszewitsch's Frog (Lithobates warszewitschii). (693k)
Lithobates vaillanti
Vaillant's Frog (Lithobates vaillanti). (1005k)
Trachycephalus typhonius
Veined Tree Frog (Trachycephalus typhonius). (602k)
Oophaga pumilio
Blue Jeans Poison-dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio, german: Erdbeerfröschchen, french: Grenouille des fraises). (839k)
Duellmanohyla rufioculis
Rufous-eyed Brook Frog (Duellmanohyla rufioculis), endemic to Costa Rica. (628k)
Agalychnis callidryas
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas, german: Rotaugenlaubfrosch, french: Rainette aux yeux rouges). (675k)
Agalychnis callidryas
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas, german: Rotaugenlaubfrosch, french: Rainette aux yeux rouges). (635k)
Lithobates catesbeianus
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus, german: Nordamerikanischer Ochsenfrosch, french: Ouaouaron). (865k)
Rhinella marina
Cane Toad (Rhinella marina, german: Aga-Kröte, french: Crapaud buffle). (977k)
Megaphobema mesomelas
Costa Rica Red-legged Tarantula (Megaphobema mesomelas, german: Rotbeinvogelspinne), endemic to Costa Rica. (708k)
Gecko
Gecko. (585k)
Norops limifrons
Slender Anole (Norops limifrons, french: Anolis). (879k)
Anolis osa
Anole Lizard (Anolis osa). (780k)
Basiliscus basiliscus
Common Basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus, german: Helmbasilisk, french: Basilic commun). (677k)
Basiliscus plumifrons
Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons, german: Stirnlappenbasilisk, french: Basilic Jésus). (803k)
Basiliscus plumifrons
Close-up of the Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons, german: Stirnlappenbasilisk, french: Basilic Jésus). (629k)
Iguana iguana
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (773k)
Iguana iguana
Large Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (989k)
Iguana iguana
Large male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1031k)
Iguana iguana
Close-up of the male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1126k)
Iguana iguana
Large Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert) climbing a tree. (1206k)
Sibon lamari
Snail Eater Snake (Sibon lamari). This snake is endemic to Costa Rica. (623k)
Imantodes cenchoa
Blunthead Tree Snake (Imantodes cenchoa). (672k)
Leptodeira septentrionalis
Northern Cat-eyed Snake (Leptodeira septentrionalis). (750k)
Leptophis ahaetulla
Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (982k)
Leptophis ahaetulla
Closer view of the Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (871k)
Leptophis ahaetulla
Head of the Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (585k)
Bothriechis schlegelii
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). This snake is highly venomous. (544k)
Bothriechis schlegelii
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). They come in various colors. (875k)
Bothriechis schlegelii
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel), another color morph. (606k)
Bothriechis schlegelii
Head of the Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). (599k)
Turtle
Turtle. (803k)
Rhinoclemmys funerea
Black River Turtle (Rhinoclemmys funerea). (1093k)
Atractosteus tropicus
Tropical Gar (Atractosteus tropicus, german: Tropischer Knochenhecht, french: Gaspar). (591k)
Caiman crocodilus
Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus, german: Krokodilkaiman, french: Caïman à lunettes). (867k)
Caiman crocodilus
Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus, german: Krokodilkaiman, french: Caïman à lunettes). (657k)
Nasua narica
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica, german: Weißrüssel-Nasenbär, french: Coati à nez blanc). (766k)
Nasua narica
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica, german: Weißrüssel-Nasenbär, french: Coati à nez blanc). (925k)
Bradypus variegatus
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus, german: Braunkehl-Faultier, french: Paresseux à gorge brune). (776k)
Bradypus variegatus
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus, german: Braunkehl-Faultier, french: Paresseux à gorge brune). (849k)
Choloepus hoffmanni
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni, german: Hoffmann-Zweifingerfaultier, french: Unau d'Hoffmann). (930k)
Choloepus hoffmanni
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni, german: Hoffmann-Zweifingerfaultier, french: Unau d'Hoffmann). (938k)
Pecari tajacu
Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu, german: Halsbandpekari, french: Pécari à collier) with piglets. (876k)
Ateles geoffroyi
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi, german: Geoffroy-Klammeraffe, french: Singe-araignée de Geoffroy). (1060k)
Ateles geoffroyi
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi, german: Geoffroy-Klammeraffe, french: Singe-araignée de Geoffroy). (905k)
Alouatta palliata
Mantled Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata, german: Mantelbrüllaffe, french: Hurleur à manteau). (918k)
Stenella attenuata
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata, german: Schlankdelfin, french: Dauphin tacheté pantropical). (393k)
Tapirus bairdii
Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, german: Mittelamerikanischer Tapir, french: Tapir de Baird). (970k)
Tapirus bairdii
Closer view of the Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, german: Mittelamerikanischer Tapir, french: Tapir de Baird). (793k)

Video Clips

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

Underwater

Reef Community
Reef community. (649k)
Holacanthus passer
King Angelfish (Holacanthus passer, german: Kalifornischer Engelfisch, french: Poisson-ange à barre blanche). (676k)
Parrot Fish
Parrot fish. (622k)
Abudefduf saxatilis
Sergeant Major (Abudefduf saxatilis, german: Gestreifter Sergeant). (365k)
Johnrandallia nigrirostris
Blacknosed Butterflyfish (Johnrandallia nigrirostris, german: Barbier-Falterfisch, french: Poisson-papillon à nez noir), right center. (663k)

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