I visited several nature reserve in Costa Rica. Especially the amphibians and reptiles were very interesting. Some of the highlights were the Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas, german: Rotaugen­laubfrosch, french: Rainette aux yeux rouges), the venomous Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel), and the sloths. Another highlight was seeing a Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, german: Mittel­amerikanischer Tapir, french: Tapir de Baird), the first time I saw a tapir in the wild.

Pictures of birds in Costa Rica and other nature pages are separate:

Birds in Costa Rica
Bird Page for Costa Rica
Nature Pages
Other Nature Pages

All pictures are © Dr. Günther Eichhorn, unless otherwise noted.

Nature in Costa Rica

Pacific Coast Costa Rica
Pacific coast of Costa Rica. (507k)
Beach Drake Bay
Beach at Drake Bay. (963k)
Evening Drake Bay
Evening at Drake Bay. (572k)
Caño Island
Caño Island. (701k)
Arenal Volcano Over Lake
Arenal Volcano over Lake Arenal. (441k)
Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano. (944k)
Rainforest Tortuguero
Rainforest near Tortuguero. (1174k)
Rainforest Along Rio Celeste
Rainforest along the Rio Celeste (Skyblue River). (1000k)
Volcanic Gases Bubbling River
Volcanic gases bubbling up through the river. (1278k)
Place Rio Celeste Picks
Here is the place where the Rio Celeste picks up the fine sediment that causes the vivid blue color. (1374k)
Rio Celeste
Rio Celeste. (1352k)
Clear Water Flowing Into
Clear water flowing into the Rio Celeste. (1013k)
Waterfall Rio Celeste
Waterfall on the Rio Celeste. (1422k)
Waterfall Rio Celeste
Waterfall on the Rio Celeste. (995k)

Flora in Costa Rica

Gunnera insignis
Poor Man's Umbrella (Gunnera insignis). (1009k)
Small Mushrooms
Small mushrooms. (721k)
Mushroom
Mushroom. (840k)
Flower
Flower. (785k)
Megaskepasma erythrochlamys
Brazilian Red-cloak (Megaskepasma erythrochlamys). (776k)
Costus woodsonii
Scarlet Spiral Ginger (Costus woodsonii). (471k)
Strelitzia reginae
Bird-of-Paradise Flower (Strelitzia reginae, german: Paradiesvogel­blume, french: Oiseau de paradis). (606k)
Yellow Hibiscus
Yellow Hibiscus. (692k)
Alpinia purpurata
Red Ginger (Alpinia purpurata, french: Gingembre d'ornement rouge). (660k)
Pink Ginger
Pink Ginger. (639k)
Etlingera elatior
Torch Ginger (Etlingera elatior, german: Fackel-Ingwer, french: Rose de porcelaine). (650k)
Water Lily
Water Lily. (870k)
Heliconia sp.
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien:Genus). (702k)
Heliconia sp.
Heliconia (Heliconia sp., german: Helikonien:Genus). (1033k)
Strelitzia reginae
Bird-of-Paradise Flower (Strelitzia reginae, german: Paradiesvogel­blume, french: Oiseau de paradis). (797k)
Epiphytes Tree
Epiphytes on a tree. (1169k)
Bromeliad
Bromeliad. (993k)
Smallest Bromeliads Only Few
Smallest Bromeliads. They are only a few millimeters across. (874k)
Entada gigas
Monkey Ladder Vine (Entada gigas, french: Cœur de la mer). (1332k)
Tree Fern
Tree Fern. (1408k)
Pachira aquatica
Flower of the Provision Tree (Pachira aquatica, german: Malabar Kastanie, french: Châtaignier de la Guyane). (884k)
Pachira aquatica
Fruit of the Provision Tree (Pachira aquatica, german: Malabar Kastanie, french: Châtaignier de la Guyane). (1063k)
Beginning Strangler Fig Eventually
Beginning of a Strangler Fig. It will eventually kill the tree in a few decades. (1168k)
Large Strangler Fig Host
Large Strangler Fig, the host tree has already disappeared. (1.6M)
Socratea exorrhiza
Walking Palm (Socratea exorrhiza, german: Wanderpalme, french: Palmier marcheur). (1274k)
Palm Tree
Palm tree. (1293k)
Cocos nucifera
Coconut Palm (Cocos nucifera, german: Kokospalme, french: Cocotier). (1414k)
Tree
Tree. (1323k)
Avocado Tree
Avocado Tree. (1.8M)
Vachellia allenii
Ant Acacia (Vachellia allenii). This tree is endemic to Costa Rica and is endangered. It has ants living on the tree in a symbiotic relationship, protecting the tree from other insects. (1344k)
Arbutus xalapensis
Texas Madrone (Arbutus xalapensis, german: Erdbeerbäume). (1390k)
Hippomane mancinella
Manchineel (Hippomane mancinella, german: Manchinelbaum, french: Mancenillier). (918k)
Mangrove Forest Sierpe
Mangrove forest near Sierpe. (1181k)
Ceiba sp.
Ceiba (Ceiba sp.) called Árbol de la Paz (Tree of Peace). (1.5M)

Fauna in Costa Rica

Cicada Eggs
Cicada eggs. (983k)
Moth Cocoon
Moth cocoon. (478k)
Termite Nest
Termite nest. (855k)
Leafcutter Ants
Leafcutter ants. (784k)
Leafcutter Ants Street
Leafcutter ants street. (1121k)
Ants Carrying Small Flower
Ants carrying a small flower. (1108k)
Wasp Nest Tree
Wasp nest in a tree. (870k)
Wasp Nest
Wasp nest. (657k)
Small Active Wasp Nest
Small, active wasp nest. (539k)
Insects Visiting Flowers Night
Insects visiting flowers at night. (429k)
Small Snail
Small snail. (570k)
Millipede
Millipede. (1065k)
Butterfly
Butterfly. (1000k)
Caligo sp.
Owl Butterfly (Caligo sp., german: Bananenfalter, french: Papillons-hiboux). (1287k)
Consul fabius
Tiger Leafwing butterfly (Consul fabius). (773k)
Blue Morpho Caterpillar
Blue Morpho caterpillar. (687k)
Pyrophorus sp.
Headlight Click Beetle (Pyrophorus sp.). (1152k)
Alurnus ornatus
Beetle (Alurnus ornatus). (506k)
Cicada Nymph
Cicada nymph. (948k)
Cicada Nymph
Cicada nymph. (448k)
Cicada Nymph
Cicada nymph. (830k)
Cicada
Cicada. (888k)
Cricket
Cricket. (452k)
Copiphora hastata
Katydid (Copiphora hastata). (776k)
Ischnomela gracilis
Katydid (Ischnomela gracilis, french: Pseudophyllinae). (662k)
Leaf Katydid
Leaf katydid. (627k)
Large Katydid
Large katydid. (439k)
Daddy Longlegs Carrying Feather
Daddy Longlegs, carrying a feather. (591k)
Spider Web
Spider web. (696k)
Tengella radiata
Wolf Spider (Tengella radiata). (681k)
Brown Spotted Spider
Brown Spotted Spider. (713k)
Spider
Spider. (727k)
Kiekie sinuatipes
Wandering Spider (Kiekie sinuatipes). (568k)
Wandering Spider
Wandering Spider. (596k)
Cupiennius getazi
Spot-legged Banana Spider (Cupiennius getazi). (665k)
Trichonephila clavipes
Golden Silk Spider (Trichonephila clavipes, german: Goldene Seidenspinne). (649k)
Stick Insect
Stick insect. (1024k)
Moss Praying Mantis
Moss Praying Mantis. (746k)
Mussel Shell
Mussel shell. (1.8M)
Ocypode occidentalis
Gulf Ghost Crab (Ocypode occidentalis). It is very hard to spot, they blend in very well. (965k)
Hermit Crab
Hermit crab. (1012k)
Land Crab
Land crab. (793k)
Frog Eggs
Frog eggs. (754k)
Boana rufitela
Canal Zone Tree Frog (Boana rufitela, french: Hypsiboas rufitelus). (709k)
Pristimantis ridens
Pygmy Rain Frog (Pristimantis ridens). (701k)
Diasporus diastema
Common Tink Frog (Diasporus diastema). They are tiny but make a very loud metallic "tink" sound at night. (721k)
Craugastor fitzingeri
Fitzinger's Robber Frog (Craugastor fitzingeri). (736k)
Smilisca phaeota
Masked Tree Frog (Smilisca phaeota, german: Costa-Rica-Laubfrosch). (391k)
Lithobates warszewitschii
Warszewitsch's Frog (Lithobates warszewitschii). (699k)
Lithobates vaillanti
Vaillant's Frog (Lithobates vaillanti). (1074k)
Dendropsophus microcephalus
Yellow Tree Frog (Dendropsophus microcephalus). (595k)
Oophaga pumilio
Strawberry Poison Dart Frog (Oophaga pumilio, german: Erdbeer­fröschchen, french: Grenouille des fraises). (870k)
Duellmanohyla rufioculis
Rufous-eyed Brook Frog (Duellmanohyla rufioculis), endemic to Costa Rica. (627k)
Agalychnis callidryas
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas, german: Rotaugen­laubfrosch, french: Rainette aux yeux rouges). (678k)
Agalychnis callidryas
Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas, german: Rotaugen­laubfrosch, french: Rainette aux yeux rouges). (633k)
Leptodactylus savagei
Savage's Thin-toed Frog (Leptodactylus savagei). (904k)
Rhinella horribilis
Giant Toad (Rhinella horribilis). (1042k)
Megaphobema mesomelas
Costa Rican Red-legged Tarantula (Megaphobema mesomelas, german: Rotbeinvogel­spinne), endemic to Costa Rica. (737k)
Gecko
Gecko. (586k)
Norops limifrons
Slender Anole (Norops limifrons, german: Beta-Anolis, french: Anolis). (905k)
Anolis osa
Osa Anole (Anolis osa). It is endemic to the Osa peninsula in Costa Rica. (797k)
Basiliscus basiliscus
Common Basilisk (Basiliscus basiliscus, german: Helmbasilisk, french: Basilic commun). (686k)
Basiliscus plumifrons
Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons, german: Stirnlappen­basilisk, french: Lézard Jésus-Christ). (846k)
Basiliscus plumifrons
Close-up of the Green Basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons, german: Stirnlappen­basilisk, french: Lézard Jésus-Christ). (650k)
Iguana iguana
Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (796k)
Iguana iguana
Large Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1042k)
Iguana iguana
Large male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1071k)
Iguana iguana
Close-up of the male Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (1205k)
Iguana iguana
Large Green Iguana (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert) climbing a tree. (1281k)
Sibon lamari
Snail Eater Snake (Sibon lamari). This snake is endemic to Costa Rica. (620k)
Imantodes inornatus
Yellow Blunt-headed Tree Snake (Imantodes inornatus). (677k)
Leptodeira septentrionalis
Northern Cat-eyed Snake (Leptodeira septentrionalis). (777k)
Leptophis ahaetulla
Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (1052k)
Leptophis ahaetulla
Closer view of the Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (909k)
Leptophis ahaetulla
Head of the Parrot Snake (Leptophis ahaetulla). (590k)
Bothriechis schlegelii
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). This snake is highly venomous. (535k)
Bothriechis schlegelii
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). They come in various colors. (923k)
Bothriechis schlegelii
Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel), another color morph. (619k)
Bothriechis schlegelii
Head of the Eyelash Pit Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii, german: Greifschwanz-Lanzenotter, french: Vipère de Schlegel). (601k)
Kinosternon leucostomum
White-lipped Mud Turtle (Kinosternon leucostomum). (824k)
Rhinoclemmys funerea
Black River Turtle (Rhinoclemmys funerea). (1143k)
Atractosteus tropicus
Tropical Gar (Atractosteus tropicus, german: Tropischer Knochenhecht, french: Gaspar). (595k)
Caiman crocodilus fuscus
Brown Caiman (Caiman crocodilus fuscus, german: Krokodilkaiman, french: Caïman à lunettes). (907k)
Caiman crocodilus fuscus
Brown Caiman (Caiman crocodilus fuscus, german: Krokodilkaiman, french: Caïman à lunettes). (666k)
Nasua narica
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica, german: Weißrüssel-Nasenbär, french: Coati à nez blanc). (783k)
Nasua narica
White-nosed Coati (Nasua narica, german: Weißrüssel-Nasenbär, french: Coati à nez blanc). (982k)
Bradypus variegatus
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus, german: Braunkehl-Faultier, french: Paresseux à gorge brune). (794k)
Bradypus variegatus
Brown-throated Three-toed Sloth (Bradypus variegatus, german: Braunkehl-Faultier, french: Paresseux à gorge brune). (887k)
Choloepus hoffmanni
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni, german: Hoffmann-Zweifingerfaul­tier, french: Unau d'Hoffmann). (981k)
Choloepus hoffmanni
Hoffman's Two-toed Sloth (Choloepus hoffmanni, german: Hoffmann-Zweifingerfaul­tier, french: Unau d'Hoffmann). (988k)
Pecari tajacu
Collared Peccary (Pecari tajacu, german: Halsbandpekari, french: Pécari à collier) with piglets. (928k)
Ateles geoffroyi
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi, german: Geoffroy-Klammeraffe, french: Singe-araignée de Geoffroy). (1135k)
Ateles geoffroyi
Central American Spider Monkey (Ateles geoffroyi, german: Geoffroy-Klammeraffe, french: Singe-araignée de Geoffroy). (944k)
Alouatta palliata
Mantled Howler Monkeys (Alouatta palliata, german: Mantelbrüllaffe, french: Hurleur à manteau). (970k)
Stenella attenuata
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata, german: Schlankdelfin, french: Dauphin tacheté pantropical). (389k)
Tapirus bairdii
Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, german: Mittel­amerikanischer Tapir, french: Tapir de Baird). (1045k)
Tapirus bairdii
Closer view of the Baird's Tapir (Tapirus bairdii, german: Mittel­amerikanischer Tapir, french: Tapir de Baird). (828k)

Video Clips

Stenella attenuata
Pantropical Spotted Dolphins (Stenella attenuata, german: Schlankdelfin, french: Dauphin tacheté pantropical). (27.4M)
Iguana iguana
Green Iguanas (Iguana iguana, german: Grüner Leguan, french: Iguane vert). (78.2M)

Underwater

Reef Community
Reef community. (652k)
Holacanthus passer
King Angelfish (Holacanthus passer, german: Kalifornischer Engelfisch, french: Poisson-ange à barre blanche). (679k)
Scarus rubroviolaceus
Bicolor Parrotfish (Scarus rubroviolaceus, french: Poisson perroquet bicolore) (large) and Cortez Rainbow Wrasse, primary phase (Thalassoma lucasanum) (small). (622k)
Abudefduf troschelii
Panama Sergeant Major (Abudefduf troschelii). (361k)
Johnrandallia nigrirostris
Blacknosed Butterflyfish (Johnrandallia nigrirostris, german: Barbier-Falterfisch, french: Poisson-papillon à nez noir), right center. (668k)

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