FIELD GUIDE Animal Directory

Amphibians and Reptiles

Despite the fearsome reputation of toxic poison-dart frogs, venomous snakes with potentially lethal bites, and man-eating crocodiles, most of Costa Rica’s amphibians and reptiles are perfectly harmless to humans. These cold-blooded creatures have variable body temperatures and depend on their surroundings for warmth, so they can frequently be spotted basking in the sun. Most amphibians lay their eggs in fresh water, which they also need to stay moist. Prolific in warmer lowlands, they are relatively scarce at higher elevations.


Reptiles are arranged in four orders: Crocodilia, Squamata (snakes and lizards), Testudines (turtles and tortoises), ...

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