The Incredible Iguana

I see them everywhere I go in Costa Rica, even occasionally in my yard, but I still continue to be amazed by the prehistoric looking, dinosaur-like creature! On the Caribbean Coast, where Tortuguero is located, you find only the Green Iguana; while on the Pacific slope you can find both the Green and the Common Spiny-tailed Iguana, and that includes Atenas where I live,s which is on the Pacific Slope. All four of these photos are Green Iguanas and if you don’t already know, the orange colors come to only the males during mating season, which supposedly attracts the females more than the green or brown colors. 🙂  I shared a face-shot of the all-orange one in an earlier blog post.

Green Iguana, Tortuguero NP, Costa Rica


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The Two Basilisks

In the Caribe where I was last week, there two kinds of Basilisks, both called “Miniature Dinosaurs” and “Jesus Christ Lizards” (because they both “walk on water”). The most popular is the Plumed or Emerald Basilisk (Wikipedia link) and the Common, Striped or Brown Basilisk (Wikipedia link). Here are a couple of photos of each from last week, then be sure to see my galleries for each below that! And I prefer the names of Emerald and Brown! 🙂

Plumed, Green or Emerald Basilisk

Common, Striped or Brown Basilisk

My Gallery titled: Emerald Basilisk

My Gallery titled: Common, Brown or Striped Basilisk

¡Pura Vida!

Two Basilisks

Everyone prefers the Emerald Basilisk, sometimes called Green Basilisk, but the Brown Basilisk is seen just about as much even with his better camouflage. 🙂 In these photos, the Emerald is an adult male with the head crest while the brown without a crest could be either a juvenile or a female. Both are found all over Costa Rica, especially near water. Note that both have a tail longer than the body. And both are sometimes called “Jesus Christ Lizards” because they walk on water (or run).

Emerald Basilisk, Chachagua Rainforest Hotel, Costa Rica.
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Other Wildlife at Caño Negro

And this is it for that day excursion from Arenal Observatory Lodge, having done the birds post yesterday and earlier posts on 3 species of monkeys. Caño Negro is a wildlife-rich place for a 2+ hour boat ride and in our case lunch by the river before returning.

“By discovering nature, you discover yourself. “

~Maxime Lagacé

For more Costa Rica Wildlife see my OTHER WILDLIFE GALLERIES.

¡Pura Vida!

Unknown Snake at Rancho Naturalista

Unknown Snake
 I zoomed in or cropped one photo for this closer look.
Rancho Naturalista, Costa Rica

Unknown Snake
I’m  guessing about 2 meters long. 
Rancho Naturalista, Costa Rica

He was outside in front of the laundry room and as we gave him attention, he disappeared in the leaves and undergrowth of one of the flowers. At first glance he is a dark brown snake, like the one I saw cross a trail here on my arrival day. At closer look he seems to have an orange belly or at least up front and to have other colors than just brown on his back or dorsal side. See first image. He is similar to 3 or 4 in my snake book, but not an exact match, so I am not naming him.

See my Costa Rica Reptiles Photo Gallery for about 24 species

Iguanas & Lizards at Sarapiquí

Green Iguana (male in mating orange)
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

Emerald Basilisk (“Jesus Christ Lizard”)
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

Gray Lichen Anole
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

Unknown – Possibly a type of Skink or Ameiva (there are many)
Selva Verde Lodge Sarapiquí, Chilamate, Costa Rica

See also my photo gallery of Reptiles      And I still have insects and other animals to share! 🙂

What Global Warming is Doing to Costa Rica This Year is an interesting article about the radical weather we have been having. We had our first hurricane in 300 years, more eruptions of one volcano, and heavier winds and rains than normal. You guys in the states need to convince your new idiot president-elect that global warming is real! It affects everyone! 

Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo

Jaguar Rescue Center is located on the south side of Puerto Viejo,
not far from my hotel in Manzanillo. No Jaguars here! It got its name
from the first animal the founder actually rescued, a baby Jaguar whose
mother had been killed and would have died otherwise.
Photo on above entrance sign is of a one-eyed monkey.

Nice Little Cafe and Gift Shop at the entrance, but
not as big or as developed as Zoo Ave in La Garita!
And you can only visit on a schedule with a tour guide, so get times ahead!
On website: Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

NOTE: I am not repeating the photos of a Northern Tamandua Anteater and a Red-eyed Tree Frog that were shot here but shown in earlier posts. Click links to see again.

Brown Pelican with a broken wing
Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Unidentified Hawk, similar to Gray and Gray Lined,
but those are not in the Caribbean and our group was
too large for me to constantly ask the name of animals.
Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Baby Possums whose mother was killed. They will raise and try to
introduce back into the wild.
Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Groove-billed Ani
Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Keel-billed Toucan

Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Hoffman’s Two-toed Sloth

Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Red-lored Parrot

Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Spectacled Caiman

Jaguar Rescue Center, Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

To learn more about Jaguar Rescue Center, click link for their website where you can read the history, find out when there are tours and how you can volunteer. It is operated mostly by volunteers!

And for more of my Costa Rica photos, see my gallery: Charlie Doggett’s COSTA RICA & SCROLL DOWN

Or more specifically my BIRDS PHOTO GALLERY   or


¡Pura Vida!

Amphibians & Reptiles Seen in Manzanillo

Red-eyed Tree Frog
Manzanillo, Costa Rica


Strawberry Dart Frog
Manzanillo, Costa Rica


Black & Green Dart Frog
Manzanillo, Costa Rica


Yellow Eyelash Pitviper
Manzanillo, Costa Rica
In a tree on the boardwalk path to my tent, but they avoid people!


Yellow-headed Gecko
Manzanillo, Costa Rica
At the Ara Project


Emerald Basilisk
Manzanillo, Costa Rica
My favorite lizard. Like a little dinosaur!


Both are part of my larger “Charlie Doggett’s COSTA RICA” photo gallery

This post continues my report on a 4-night visit to Manzanillo in the South Caribbean area off Costa Rica about a week ago.