Reptiles & Amphibians
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Reptiles & Amphibians of Costa Rica
Costa Rica is home to roughly 150 species of amphibians, some of which are extremely colorful and exotic like the red-eyed tree frog, perhaps the most photographed frog on the planet. And others like poison-arrow frogs, are exuberantly colored, ranging from bright red with blue (blue-jean frog) or green legs to bright green with black markings.
There are over 200 species of reptiles in Costa Rica, over half of them snakes.
There are about 20 venomous snakes, including colorful coral snakes and various vipers such as the common eyelash viper or the infamous, fer-de-lance, the most feared snake in Costa Rica, and two formidable, large bushmasters. Fourteen species of turtles reside in Costa Rica. Five of the world's 7 species of sea turtles nest on the country’s beaches, which include the world’s largest- the leatherback sea turtle. Two crocodilians, the Spectacled Caiman and the large, American Crocodile are found in Costa Rica.