This fascinating two hour guided Reptile and Frog tour showcases the colorful, sometimes poisonous indigenous snakes and amphibians found in Costa Rica. Do you know the difference between a salamander and a lizard? You will after this entertaining and educational experience. (Answer: A salamander is an amphibian and a lizard is a reptile. Who knew!)
Meet one of the most dangerous snakes in Costa Rica, the Terciopelo, also known as the Fer-de-lance. One statistic said that there are at least 2 poisonous snakes for every hectare (2.3 acres) of land in Costa Rica. However, they are a vital part of the rainforest ecosystem keeping the rat population under control and helping spread seeds to repopulate tree canopies.
You might also see a Red Eyed Tree Frog whose skin tone can dramatically change in an instant, or one of the many varieties of colorful Poison Dart Frogs. Of the 5,000 plus frog species in the world, the majority are found in tropical forests. Costa Rica, connecting two continents, is ideally situated for observing different life forms from both biosystems.
Each creature’s climate controlled, individual 360 degree glass habitat was constructed to accommodate their specific needs and placed so that you can walk completely around them for optimum viewing. Over 30 types of snakes, lizards, geckos, salamanders and frogs live in this exhibit enabling you to discover up close and personal their unique characteristics, patterns and designs.
Your knowledgeable guide will regale you with interesting facts about these often nocturnal forms of animal life. Did you know that snakes can have eyelashes? Come check it out and maybe you’ll be able to indentify one of these native wildlife wonders if you should encounter one out in the wild while hiking through the jungle.
The Guided Reptile and Frog Exhibit is available from Monteverde
The guide was knowledgable and friendly. A reptile park like the ones in Europe.