Last day in the tropics..

I’ve come to the end of my 2 week trip to Costa Rica and I have been to some unique places and seen some fantastic animals, including over 40 species of amphibians and reptiles. There are many highlights I would like to share through my photography from this trip, but since this is a European herp blog, I will probably just add extensive photo galleries instead of a full length report. Today I rounded off the trip nicely by being able to photograph a beautiful female Bushmaster, one of the rarest, most venomous and beautiful snakes in Central America. It is also the largest viper, and the second largest venomous snake in the world. There was no chance I would be able to see one of these fantastic reptiles in the wild myself, so I am grateful for local help and being allowed to meet a Bushmaster found by somebody else. However, as mentioned, we found over 40 species searching by ourselves and with the help of Brian Kubicki from the Costa Rican amphibian research center. After travelling through Costa Rica to places such as the Pacific and Caribbean coasts and the central mountain rainforests we were able to find many species, such as Poison dart frogs, Leaf frogs, Glass frogs, Bullfrogs, Tree frogs, Rain frogs, Crocodiles, Basilisks,  Geckos, Anoles, Skinks, Coral snakes, Eyelash vipers, Fer-de-lance, Colubrid snakes and many more.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank Andrew and also Brian for showing me how to herp in the tropics, which can be quite different than herping in Europe 🙂

Here are a very small selection of photos of a few of the animals from the trip:

Splendid leaf frog (Cruziohyla calcarifer) (C) Matt Wilson
American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) (C) Matt Wilson
Spurrell's leaf frog (Agalychnis spurrelli) (C) Matt Wilson
Green & black poison dart frog (Dendrobates auratus) (C) Matt Wilson
Yellow blunt-headed vine snake (Imantodes inornatus) (C) Matt Wilson
Eyelash pit viper (Bothriechis schlegelii) (C) Matt Wilson

2 responses to “Last day in the tropics..”

  1. My husband and I went to Costa Rica a couple of years ago and loved it. My husband has been a reptile handler for many years and we were quite impressed with the animals we saw and the ones he was able to handle. There was a serpentarium in La Paz where they allowed him to handle anything he wanted right after they closed it down from the visitors. I was shocked especially when they gave them the hook to handle a fairly large bushmaster. Anyways, thanks for your post. It brought back memories.

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