Category Archives: Snakes Reptiles Frogs of Costa Rica

(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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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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(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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Macro snake head

Cloudy Snail Eater (Sibon nebulatus) Lichen-Colored Snail Eater (Sibon longifrenis)

A Cloudy Snail Eater and a Lichen-colored Snail Eater Snake found in Limon Costa Rica We found this average sized snail eater while taking down our bamboo passion fruit trellis. He was lodged in one of the corners about 7-8 feet off of the ground. That let us know that this is an adult snake

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A Satint Parrot Snake with mouth open

Snake Photography, How to Set up the Shot

Photographing Snakes, how to light the scene, when to shoot and how to stay safe. First a warning, without snake handling experience it is not advisable to handle snakes, especially the venomous ones. Remember to  ALWAYS STAY OUT OF STRIKING DISTANCE! Never touch the snake, they are not intelligent creatures. Their behavior is instinct driven, consequently your hand

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Neotropical Bird Snake curve

Neotropical Bird Eating Snake (Psuestes poecilonotus)

Three Neotropical Bird Eating Snakes, patterns colors & characteristics This Bird Eating Snake (Psuestes poecilonotus) was found on a farm that raises turkeys and chickens. The environment was perfect for the Bird Eating Snake but not so good for the humans, or the chicks for that matter. The first images show a puffing type of display that gives this

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False Coral Photo

False Coral Coral Falsa Snake (Erythrolamprus mimus)

False Coral Snake Coral Falsa Culebra (Erythrolamprus mimus) This False Coral Snake was crossing Barry’s path as he went to check on a leak in our water source. He was with a Costa Rican that wanted to immediately kill the snake thinking that it was a “real” Coral, which has an extremely deadly poison. Barry told

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Spotted Wood Snake

Spotted Wood Snake from the Caribbean coast of Costa Rica This 10″ Spotted Wood Snake was found close to our avocado tree underneath the scattered leaves. This is their normal habitat. They eat insects from the ground. Their defense mechanism is to flatten themselves to the ground when in danger. You can see in the first

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7 Super Shots

7 Super Shots We received an e-mail from Erin at Delapuravida.com nominating us to participate in a blog/photography game started by Hostelbookers. I have only met Erin thorugh her blog and email but I know that I would very much enjoy meeting her face to face. She also lives in Costa Rica and blogs about her experiences here. I like

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Masked Smiliska Tree Frog

Masked Smilisca (Smilisca phaeota) – Tree Frog

Smilisca Tree Frog (Smilisca phaeota) found in Limon Costa Rica This Masked Smilisca Tree Frog was an excellent model. When we moved her from the bamboo to the lipstick palm she just clung on and waited for us to get the shot. We found her in a puddle surrounding our construction site. She had probably just laid

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bothrops asper

Fer-de-Lance (Bothrops asper) – The Deadliest Snake

Fer de Lance (Bothrops asper) an adult and a juvenile found in San Miguel de Matina, Costa Rica. Barry shot this Fer de Lance using two separate backgrounds. A similar colored tree branch to show the amazing, natural camoflauge of this snake and a large bunch of poisonous, tropical berries as a contrast to display

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Common Blunt Headed Snake

Common Blunt Headed Snake (Imantodes cenchoa)

Common Blunt Headed Snake (Imantodes cenchoa) We originally thought this was a Cat-Eyed Tree Snake because of its large, protruding eyes but after a bit more research we believe this to be a Common Blunt-Headed Snake. He was lying in the bananas waiting for a gecko to pass but instead he found Barry’s lens. He

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Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) Black and Green

Black and Green Poison Dart Frog (Dendrobates auratus) in a croton. This Dendrobates auratus poison dart frog is much bigger than the previous ones we have seen. We frequently have the little red and blue ones (Oophaga pumilio) on the bases of our trees and every so often we get to see a cute little black and green

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Green Basilisk

Jesus Christ Lizard or Green Plumed Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons)

These two Jesus Christ Lizard or Green Basilisks (Basiliscus plumifrons) were photographed near water ways in Limon Costa Rica. This Green Basilisk is also known as the Jesus Christ lizard because it can run 15 feet on top of water as a survival technique. The plumes are full of color including turquoise, see the younger basilisk below. Both

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