Trip report Costa Rica

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Trip report Costa Rica

Postby GertJan Verspui » Sat Sep 12, 2015 8:35 pm

Hello you all, last summer I spend 3 weeks of quality time in Costa Rica with my family.

We stayed at several places all over the country.

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See more here:

http://gjv-natureview.jimdo.com/trip-re ... mmer-2015/

Thanks for watching!
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Jeroen Speybroeck » Sat Sep 12, 2015 9:32 pm

I'm very, very, VERY jealous, man! I had been looking forward to this report ever since I saw that tiny frog pic on your home page, and of course, I am not disappointed. Fantastic trip, even compared with practically all other reports I remember from this fairly intensively herped country. I am starting now to negotiate such a family trip myself ;). Will have to wait until the kids get just a bit older, though. Ir's also cool to see some relatives of species I know from Peru or the US (didn't know there was Trimorphodon in CR at all...). That's also a very decent number of snake species. And then there's Cruziohyla..... And Siphlophis...! And glass frogs....!
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Peter Oefinger » Sun Sep 13, 2015 10:04 am

Great! Unbelievable that this was a family holiday..
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Niklas Ban » Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:23 pm

Uff I don't know what I love more the frogs or the snakes.. :)
Thank you very much for sharing!
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Tim Leerschool » Sun Sep 13, 2015 12:36 pm

The amount of amphibian diversity is mindboggling... :shock:

Fantastic report and photos and great story-telling! Enjoyed it very much.
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Martti Niskanen » Sun Sep 13, 2015 1:49 pm

Very nice stuff!
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Kristian Munkholm » Sun Sep 13, 2015 2:11 pm

The frogs, the snakes, the sheer diversity...

For a herping trip this would be spectacular, for a family vacation it is just mind blowing
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Frédéric Seyffarth » Sun Sep 13, 2015 3:48 pm

Very productive trip!
So many snakes, frogs etc...
I must admit, i am jealous.
About your finds and your talented photographic skills... ;)
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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby GertJan Verspui » Sun Sep 13, 2015 3:54 pm

Jeroen
Thanks! CR is a good country to travel around with kids, as long as you get the kids into the art of herping it will only be better, I had my moments every night and it looks like one big party, but I had several nights without any good finds.
You probably all know that whatever you do there is alway one eye open for animals, even during the day doing some family stuff.

Niklas, I don't know either, I put in a lot of effort for the glass frogs and some of them are really hard to get in front of the camera, nothing more frustrating then hearing them the whole night and not being able to get to them.

Tim, this is only around 25- 30% of what you can find there, maybe I go back one day for some specific searches...more salamanders, Atelopus species, Anotheca spinosa, Agalychnis spurelli adults, Agalychnis saltator(only heard it) Hypsiboas rufitelus.......and some other glass frogs and as many snakes as possible....I remember walking in a known area for the boss of the forest, checking the many holes everywhere, very exciting!!

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Re: Trip report Costa Rica

Postby Robin Duborget » Sun Sep 13, 2015 7:05 pm

Waouh, thanks for the report ! Glass frogs are wonderful !

I will go to Costa Rica the next summer (In August), with my wife, hoping to find as much species as you ! I will certainly comme back to you with some questions :)

For Atelopus there is only one species left in Costa Rica, A.varius, and only in one locality ...

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