One of the greatest pleasures of my trip so far through Costa Rica is seeing a truly beautiful species of frog in the wild for the first time, the Red-eyed leaf frog (Agalychnis callidryas), not to mention many other memorable encounters!
Although highly unexpected and out of nowhere, I have been very fortunate to be offered the opportunity to go to Costa Rica this weekend for a two week trip. This is a country I have always wanted to visit and one that my boss and friend Andrew Gray knows very well. I am very lucky to be able to travel with a Herpetologist as knowledgable as Andrew, since he knows Costa Rica, and above all, its amphibians very well.
I have to say that I will be learning a lot on this trip, as I have never visited anywhere in the Americas before, so I am very excited to see a fascinating country and its unique rainforests and wildlife in the company of an expert. To name a tiny amount of species (and I mean 1% of herps in the area!) I especially hope to see on the trip include Green and black poison dart frogs (Dendrobates auratus), Strawberry poison dart frogs (Oophaga pumillio), Red-eyed tree frogs (Agalychnis callidryas) , Lemur leaf frog (Phyllomedusa lemur), and with lots of luck, maybe even Eyelash viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) or the infamous Fer-de-lance (Bothrops asper) and perhaps the Spectacled caiman (Caiman crocodilus). One specific target species for conservation efforts is a species that Andrew works with at the museum, the Costa Rican stream frog (Isthomohyla lancasteri), a close relative of a further species, Isthomohyla rivularis, re-discovered by Andrew in 2007 and was thought to be extinct since the 1980s.
Although far from ‘European’, you will certainly see plenty of photos from this trip on the blog when I return in 2 weeks! I feel very privileged to be able to visit this country which has one of the greatest diversities of amphibians and reptiles in the world.
Here are some photos that I didn’t put into my field report from Menorca, but are still nice photos in their own right, together with a short video I made of the final Ladder snake (Rhinechis scalaris) found on the trip.
Click here to see my trip report from Menorca, to see more varied photos (some embarrassing on my part) visit Jeroen’s report at: http://www.hylawerkgroep.be/jeroen/index.php?id=54
Bobby also made a great report on his website, all the money I spent on a macro lens and his photos with a compact camera are still better than mine 😉 http://www.herpet.mysites.nl/mypages/herpet/504445.html
Update: Click here to see my online photo gallery from Menorca