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 poisonous 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
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
Arenal Volcano over Lake Arenal. (446k)
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano. (906k)
Rainforest Tortuguero
Rainforest near Tortuguero. (1120k)
Rainforest Along Rio
Rainforest along the Rio Celeste (Skyblue River). (954k)
Volcanic Gases Bubbling
Volcanic gases bubbling up through the river. (1225k)
Place Rio Celeste
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
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

Poor Man's Umbrella
Poor Man's Umbrella (Gunnera insignis). (958k)
Small Mushrooms
Small mushrooms. (694k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (803k)
Flower
Flower. (754k)
Flower
Flower. (756k)
Flower
Flower. (470k)
Flower
Flower. (594k)
Yellow Hibiscus
Yellow Hibiscus. (686k)
Red Ginger
Red Ginger. (639k)
Pink Ginger
Pink Ginger. (624k)
Red Torch Ginger
Red Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior, german: Fackel-Ingwer, french: Rose de porcelaine). (636k)
Water Lily
Water Lily. (832k)
Heliconia Heliconia Sp
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien). (679k)
Heliconia Heliconia Sp
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien). (978k)
Bird-of-paradise Flower Strelitzia
Bird-of-Paradise Flower (Strelitzia reginae, german: Paradiesvogelblume). (772k)
Epiphytes Tree
Epiphytes on a tree. (1068k)
Bromeliad
Bromeliad. (924k)
Smallest Bromeliads Only
Smallest Bromeliads. They are only a few millimeters across. (837k)
Monkey Ladder Vine
Monkey Ladder Vine (Entada gigas, french: Cœur de la mer). (1247k)
Tree Fern
Tree Fern. (1327k)
Flower Malabar Chestnut
Flower of the Malabar Chestnut (Pachira aquatica, german: Malabar Kastanie, french: Châtaignier de la Guyane). (844k)
Fruit Malabar Chestnut
Fruit of the Malabar Chestnut (Pachira aquatica, german: Malabar Kastanie, french: Châtaignier de la Guyane). (993k)
Beginning Strangler Fig
Beginning of a Strangler Fig. It will eventually kill the tree in a few decades. (1095k)
Large Strangler Fig
Large Strangler Fig, the host tree has already disappeared. (1.5M)
Walking Palm Socratea
Walking Palm (Socratea exorrhiza, french: Palmier marcheur). (1197k)
Palm Tree
Palm tree. (1223k)
Coconut Palm Cocos
Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera, german: Kokospalme, french: Cocotier). (1342k)
Tree
Tree. (1255k)
Avocado Tree
Avocado Tree. (1.7M)
Ant Acacia Vachellia
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)
Naked Indian Tree
Naked Indian Tree (Arbutus xalapensis). (1292k)
Mangrove Forest Sierpe
Mangrove forest near Sierpe. (1121k)
Ceiba 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
Ants carrying a small flower. (1035k)
Wasp Nest Tree
Wasp nest in a tree. (823k)
Wasp Nest
Wasp nest. (654k)
Small Active Wasp
Small, active wasp nest. (557k)
Insects Visiting Flowers
Insects visiting flowers at night. (451k)
Small Snail
Small snail. (579k)
Millipede
Millipede. (1013k)
Butterfly
Butterfly. (930k)
Owl Butterfly Caligo
Owl Butterfly (Caligo sp., german: Bananenfalter). (1209k)
Swallow-tail Butterfly
Swallow-tail butterfly. (762k)
Blue Morpho Caterpillar
Blue Morpho caterpillar. (672k)
Headlight Click Beetle
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
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)
Banana Spider Cupiennius
Banana Spider (Cupiennius sp.). (660k)
Orb-weaver Spider Araneidae
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)
Ghost Crab Ocypode
Ghost Crab (Ocypode sp.). 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)
Pygmy Rain Frog
Pygmy Rain Frog (Pristimantis ridens). (702k)
Common Tink Frog
Common Tink Frog (Diasporus diastema). They are tiny but make a very loud metallic "tink" sound at night. (706k)
Common Rain Frog
Common Rain Frog (Craugastor fitzingeri). (725k)
Masked Tree Frog
Masked Tree Frog (Smilisca phaeota, german: Costa-Rica-Laubfrosch). (413k)
Warszewitsch's Frog Lithobates
Warszewitsch's Frog (Lithobates warszewitschii). (693k)
Vaillant's Frog Lithobates
Vaillant's Frog (Lithobates vaillanti). (1005k)
Veined Tree Frog
Veined Tree Frog (Trachycephalus venulosus, french: Trachycephalus typhonius). (602k)
Blue Jeans Poison-dart
Blue Jeans Poison-dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio, german: Erdbeerfröschchen, french: Grenouille des fraises). (839k)
Rufous-eyed Brook Frog
Rufous-eyed Brook Frog (Duellmanohyla rufioculis), endemic to Costa Rica. (628k)
Red-eyed Tree Frog
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas, german: Rotaugenlaubfrosch, french: Rainette aux yeux rouges). (675k)
Red-eyed Tree Frog
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas, german: Rotaugenlaubfrosch, french: Rainette aux yeux rouges). (635k)
American Bullfrog Lithobates
American Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus, german: Nordamerikanischer Ochsenfrosch, french: Ouaouaron). (865k)
Cane Toad Rhinella
Cane Toad (Rhinella marina, german: Aga-Kröte, french: Crapaud buffle). (977k)
Costa Rica Red-legged
Costa Rica Red-legged Tarantula (Megaphobema mesomelas), endemic to Costa Rica. (708k)
Gecko
Gecko. (585k)
Slender Anole Norops
Slender Anole (Norops limifrons, french: Anolis). (879k)
Anole Lizard Anolis
Anole Lizard (Anolis osa). (780k)
Common Basilisk Basiliscus
Common Basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus, german: Helmbasilisk, french: Basilic commun). (677k)
Green Basilisk Basiliscus
Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons, german: Stirnlappenbasilisk, french: Basilic Jésus). (803k)
Close-up Green Basilisk
Close-up of the Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons, german: Stirnlappenbasilisk, french: Basilic Jésus). (629k)
Green Iguana Iguana
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (773k)
Large Green Iguana
Large Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (989k)
Large Male Green
Large male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1031k)
Close-up Male Green
Close-up of the male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1126k)
Large Green Iguana
Large Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert) climbing a tree. (1206k)
Snail Eater Snake
Snail Eater Snake (Sibon lamari). This snake is endemic to Costa Rica. (623k)
Blunthead Tree Snake
Blunthead Tree Snake (Imantodes cenchoa). (672k)
Northern Cat-eyed Snake
Northern Cat-eyed Snake (Leptodeira septentrionalis). (750k)
Parrot Snake Leptophis
Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (982k)
Closer View Parrot
Closer view of the Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (871k)
Head Parrot Snake
Head of the Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (585k)
Eyelash Pit Viper
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). This snake is highly venomous. (544k)
Eyelash Pit Viper
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). They come in various colors. (875k)
Eyelash Pit Viper
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel), another color morph. (606k)
Head Eyelash Pit
Head of the Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). (599k)
Turtle
Turtle. (803k)
Black River Turtle
Black River Turtle (Rhinoclemmys funerea). (1093k)
Tropical Gar Atractosteus
Tropical Gar (Atractosteus tropicus, german: Tropischer Knochenhecht, french: Gaspar). (591k)
Spectacled Caiman Caiman
Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus, german: Krokodilkaiman, french: Caïman à lunettes). (867k)
Spectacled Caiman Caiman
Spectacled Caiman (Caiman crocodilus, german: Krokodilkaiman, french: Caïman à lunettes). (657k)
White-nosed Coati Nasua
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica, german: Weißrüssel-Nasenbär, french: Coati à nez blanc). (766k)
White-nosed Coati Nasua
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica, german: Weißrüssel-Nasenbär, french: Coati à nez blanc). (925k)
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus, german: Braunkehl-Faultier, french: Paresseux à gorge brune). (776k)
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus, german: Braunkehl-Faultier, french: Paresseux à gorge brune). (849k)
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni, german: Hoffmann-Zweifingerfaultier, french: Unau d'Hoffmann). (930k)
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni, german: Hoffmann-Zweifingerfaultier, french: Unau d'Hoffmann). (938k)
Collared Peccary Pecari
Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu, german: Halsbandpekari, french: Pécari à collier) with piglets. (876k)
Central American Spider
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi, german: Geoffroy-Klammeraffe, french: Singe-araignée de Geoffroy). (1060k)
Central American Spider
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi, german: Geoffroy-Klammeraffe, french: Singe-araignée de Geoffroy). (905k)
Mantled Howler Monkeys
Mantled Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata, german: Mantelbrüllaffe, french: Hurleur à manteau). (918k)
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata, german: Schlankdelfin, french: Dauphin tacheté pantropical). (393k)
Baird's Tapir Tapirus
Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, german: Mittelamerikanischer Tapir, french: Tapir de Baird). (970k)
Closer View Baird's
Closer view of the Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, german: Mittelamerikanischer Tapir, french: Tapir de Baird). (793k)

Video Clips

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

Underwater

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

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