Living with Lizards

Anyone who has lived in a tropical climate has experienced Geckos if not other lizards living in your house. They are the best mosquito repellant and eat many other insects also, thus I’m glad I have Geckos! And I don’t object to other types of small lizards as they all eat insects! 🙂 This one in my kitchen yesterday was not like the other Geckos I have seen but when I looked him up in the book he seems to be just a different species of Gecko called a “Common House Gecko” (Wikipedia link) and it is a non-native “introduced” species, one of 9 species in Costa Rica now. That ID and number of species is from Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica, a Pocket Guide by Chacón and Johnson.

Common House Gecko, Atenas, Alajuela, Costa Rica

And here’s three more cellphone photos of the one yesterday . . .

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Virtual Rainforest Hike with Iván Castillo

Earlier I shared two videos of virtual night & day rainforest hikes with one of the young female guides at Selva Verde Lodge, Melany Ocón. The kind I experience on my trips, though we see more on our live hikes than these short videos . . .

Today is a hike with one of the young male guides whom I have been hiking with before when there (an expert on frogs). We saw a lot more than they see on this video, but it gives you an idea of what it is like to hike at Selva Verde Lodge & Reserve, one of my many favorite places in Costa Rica. You will see a couple of frogs, a helmeted lizard, a pit viper and an anteater, so worth your effort to watch for 20 minutes and see just a little of why I love to explore the forests of Costa Rica with guides like Iván and Melany. June 30 I head north of Sarapiqui (location of these videos) for a week at Maquenque Lodge with other guides but similar experiences. And remember that English is not their first language! They do much better with English than I do with Spanish!   🙂

 

“If man doesn’t learn to treat the oceans and the rainforest with respect, man will become extinct.” 
~Peter Benchley

And for my photos of two visits to Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui:

2019-May 9-15 — Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiqui

2016 December 23-27 – Selva Verde Lodge, Sarapiqui

¡Pura Vida!

Other Wildlife at Macaw Lodge

This is not all that I saw! There were really a lot of lizards of all kinds, especially a lot of Common Basilisks, which I never got a good photo of except the one juvenile below without the crown on his head. And as usual a lot more butterflies than I could ever get photos of. Plus my main focus is always birds!   🙂    But here is some “other wildlife”:

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Walking is my main method of relaxation. I don’t go over my lines or try to solve the world’s problems, I just enjoy the scenery and the wildlife.

~Kevin Whately

Macaw Lodge

¡Pura Vida!

Amphibians & Reptiles in Corcovado-Drake Bay

Tawny Tree Frog
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Red-eyed Tree Frog
Aguila de Osa Inn, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Common Rain Frog
Aguila de Osa Inn, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

American Crockodile
Mangrove Forest, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Skink
Aguila de Osa Inn, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Unknown Lizard
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Unknown Lizard  (on guide Tony)
Corcovado National Park, Costa Rica

Baby Boa Constrictor (On guide Carlos)

Aguila de Osa Inn, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

About Corcovado National Park (Wikipedia)  and  About Drake Bay (Wikipedia)


And Aguila de Osa Inn

My TRIPS Photo Gallery on this Drake Bay Trip

My Gallery on Amphibians in Costa Rica

My Gallery on Reptiles in Costa Rica

Dolphins & Snorkeling Today

Adult Dolphin
Drake Bay, Costa Rica

Watching Dolphins from Snorkeling Boat
Drake Bay, Costa Rica
Then Snorkeling to See Smaller Fish!
At Caño Island, Drake Bay, Costa Rica

It was another nice trip today though we got heavy rain on the way back meaning no picnic lunch on the beach. The snorkle leader decided to take us to the little town of Drake Bay to eat the fruit and sandwich makings he had, so I had them drop me off at our Aguila Inn pier on the way and had a nice chicken salad lunch out of the rain. (And no wet landing of the boat!) Tomorrow I think I will get to do the Mangrove Float Trip for a lot of birds, having found two couples here who are interested. There is a minimum of 4 required to do the tour which is led by Aguila’s guide Carlos who welcomed me with a Boa Constrictor the first day.

The internet is slow still, but I decided to take time to post 3 photos above anyway. It is hard to tell a story with just one! And yesterday’s hike into Corcovado just showed the beach. But I need to give another Aguila guide, Tony, as much attention as I did Carlos with his Boa. So here he is with his “Living Ear Ring!” On the hike he grabbed this lizard and held it up to his ear. The lizard bit it and held on for 30 seconds or longer. Weird but entertaining!

Tony’s “Living Ear Ring”
Aguila de Osa Lodge Hiking Guide
Drake Bay, Costa Ricas

About Corcovado National Park (Wikipedia)  and  About Drake Bay (Wikipedia)


And Aguila de Osa Inn

My TRIPS Photo Gallery on this Drake Bay Trip

Manzanillo Posts Delayed for New Computer

Today I take my laptop in to have everything transferred to my new computer which will be at least two days, assuming the new one arrives today. So just one shot from Manzanillo:

 

Emerald Basilisk, Manzanillo, Costa Rica

Hopefully you will receive the other photos from Manzanillo by Thursday or Friday.