Costa Rica is a remarkable place for amphibians and reptiles. Known for its biological diversity, conservation priorities, and extensive protected lands, this small country contains 418 herpetological species including the dangerous Fer-de-Lance and Black-headed Bushmaster, the beloved sea turtles, and numerous dink, foam, glass, and rain frogs. Additional species are thought to be nearing extinction while others have been introduced only recently.
Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica is the perfect introductory guide to this diverse herpetofauna in a format that makes it easy to carry into the field. The focus is on identification with entries for all species in the country, including scientific and English common names, as well as the older names for the many species that have been recently reclassified. Key ID marks are noted as well as adult sizes. Range maps identify the region(s) where species are known to be present. Color photographs and drawings are provided for over 80 percent of the species, representing those that are most likely to be encountered. Designed with ease of use in mind, this guide will be a great aid to the observer in identifying the specimen at hand.
Federico Munoz Chacon is a Costa Rican research biologist and science educator. He has dedicated his life to studying the reptiles and amphibians of Costa Rica and to promoting ecological awareness. He lives in Monteverde, Costa Rica, where he owns and operates the biological reserve Terra Viva. Richard Dennis Johnston is a biochemist who serves on the advisory board of the International Herpetological Symposium. Johnston has been studying and photographing reptiles and amphibians for more than 45 years.
Introduction Notes on Measurements and Symbols About Range Maps Map of Costa Rica I. Amphibians A. Caecilians B. Salamanders C. Frogs & Toads Burrowing Toads Toads Dink Frogs Rain Frogs Robber Frogs Foam Frogs Dwarf Frogs Marsupial Frogs Treefrogs Glass Frogs Poison Frogs Rocket Frogs Narrow-mouthed Toads Pond Frogs II. Reptiles A. Turtles Hard Shelled Sea Turtles Leatherback Sea Turtle Snapping Turtles Mud Turtles Sliders Wood Turtles B. Lizards Basilisk Lizards Iguanas Spiny Lizards Anolis Canopy Lizards Gecko Night Lizards Skinks Teiids Microteiids Alligator Lizards C. Snakes Wormsnakes Slender Blindsnakes Blindsnakes Burrowing Python Boas Dwarf Boas Colubrid Snakes Pitvipers Coral Snakes & Sea Snakes D. Crocodilians Caimans Crocodiles Glossary Acknowledgments Systematic Index About the Authors