Author Archives: Kimberly Beck

(Bolitoglossa striatula)

Striated Salamander (Bolitoglossa striatula)

A Striated Salamander has no lungs. It breathes through its skin. It has also been called a mushroomtongue salamander and a Cukra climbing salamander. This salamander was found during the night in North Central Costa Rica. In a humid, cool, tropical forest near Arenal volcano. It must live in moist area’s to survive as it breathes

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Corallus annulatus

Annulated Tree Boa (Corallus annulatus)

An Annulated Tree Boa found in the humid, tropical, lowland rain forest of Costa Rica. Annulated Boa’s are rarely seen by humans due to the fact that they live high in the treetops (arboreal) and are active mainly at night (nocturnal). They have a strong prehensile tail which allows them to support themselves on a nearby

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porthidium nasutum

Rain Forest Hog Nosed Pit Viper (Porthidium nasutum)

A collection of our Rain Forest Hog Nosed Pit Viper images. These different snakes have all been collected here on our property. We started collecting them for photographing in 2011. Some general characteristics are: Rain forest hog nosed pit vipers don’t care to be bothered. We have come upon every one of these and their

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pauraque wings raised

Common Pauraque (Nyctidromus albicollis) – Nightjar Family

A Pauraque or Nightjar is a uniquely patterned bird found from Southern Texas to South America. This fledgling sat virtually unnoticed on the ground due to its incredible camouflage. If you live in an area that the Common Pauraque inhabits you know it as the “get the hell out of the road” bird. The Pauraque, pronounced

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transparent frog

Granular Glass Frog (Cochranella granulosa)

Glass Frogs have translucent skin so  you can see their intestines and bones. To find a Glass Frog you must be out at night and searching along a stream with vegetation on the banks. Your best bet for finding one of these see through creatures is listening for the call, which is a high-pitched chirp. A male glass frog chooses a leaf that

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Iguana Iguana

Green Iguana (Iguana iguana) – Adult & Juvenile

The young or juvenile green iguana aka common iguana was found on our small farm in Matina Limon. The larger iguana is a resident of Selva Verde Lodge in Chilimate, CR. The Iguana iguana is a herbivore that lives in the trees. Adults are only seen on the ground when no path exists above or the females are laying

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Phyllobates lugubris

Striped Poison Dart Frog (Phyllobates lugubris) aka Lovely Dart Frog

Barely noticeable in the leaf litter this frog of only 2 centimeters jumps from one hiding place to another. His stripes are thought to be designed to keep predators away but it doesn’t seem to make him any less cautious. After all he is just one cow hoof away from death by mud inhalation. The striped

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Plantain patacone

Plantain Fritters, Patacones, Atole – How To Cook Those Things that Look like Big Bananas

Plantain recipes for every meal, breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert. The plantain is a starchy fruit that grows from a herb, much like the banana. The fruit contains 4.6 g of fiber and is high in vitamins A, C, B6 and potassium. They can be cooked at any level of ripeness and provide an inexpensive and filling

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Dingy on Caribeean

Cahuita National Park Limon Costa Rica

The Cahuita National Park is the Caribbean Coast’s Best National Park The white sand beaches, palm tree canopies and well maintained jungle trail are a must for every traveler looking for the best that Costa Rica has to offer. Cahuita National Park is 45 minutes South from the Port City of Limon and a quick

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(Enulius sclateri) Sock Headed

Sock Headed Snake (Enulius sclateri) aka White Headed Snake

This small and slender, non-venomous snake makes its home in the province of Limon, Costa Rica at approximately 150 feet or 50 meters above sea level. The Sock Headed Snake also known as the White Headed Snake was found under leaf litter in our agricultural area. This snake was very close to a small hole

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beautiful wood house

Creating the Kitchen, Finishing the Bathrooms and Keeping the Bugs Out

We are saving money by using a few Tico tricks, a bit of American ingenuity and improvising.We are currently working on ‘finishing’ type projects and I’m even considering (dare I say it) what my drapes might look like. This post shows the bathrooms, building the kitchen cabinets, re-finishing the ceiling fans we brought down in

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APM Container Facility Moin

Moin Port in Limon Costa Rica and the new APM Container Facility

Possible Investments in Limon Province and Anticipated Growth This article was originally published on November 1st, 2013 in A.M. Costa Rica, an on-line English language news source. The editor made some changes when published, this was the original story. In a public hearing to be held November 9th at the Eddy Bermudez gymnasium in Limon,

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