A baby iguana? A chameleon? What is this super bright green lizard?
Montezuma and Santa Teresa are known for their high biological diversity. The area has many national parks that are connected with relatively undeveloped tracts of jungle, so the animals have a lot of habitat. The weather here isn’t as dry as farther north, such as in Nosara or Tamarindo, which creates a climate more suitable for rainforest animals. While we have very few poisonous snakes, unlike more southern regions of Costa Rica in which they’re very common, we still have a huge variety of species of all types of reptiles, including turtles, lizards and iguanas, snakes, and even crocodiles. We also have many amphibians, including the red-eyed green tree frog, which is super rare here but has been spotted in both Cabuya and Malpais. We don’t have poison dart frogs here, nor do we have the famed Terciopelo snake (Fer de Lance) nor the Bushmaster, which are the two most dangerous snakes in Central America.
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Simon with River Turtle at Rainsong Wildlife Sanctuary’s turtle breeding program – Photographer: Geoff McCabe
Red River Turtle – Photographer: Patrick Turner
Yellow River Turtle – Photographer: Patrick Turner
Brown Vine Snake (rear fanged – only slighly venomous) – Photographer: Geoff McCabe
Serafina with Pretty Lizard – Photographer: Geoff McCabe
Giant Male Green Iguana (A vegetarian species!) – Photographer: Geoff McCabe
The giant 12-ft boa that ate our cat! – Photographer: Geoff McCabe
Boa with iridescent skin, after recently shedding – Photographer: Geoff McCabe
Baby lizard – Photographer: Geoff McCabe
Lizard eggs from a gecko – Photographer: Geoff McCabe
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