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  • Writer's pictureKevin Esser

Cahuita National Park

Cahuita National Park is located along the southern coast of the Caribbean side of Costa Rica. Here you have the opportunity to observe a lot of wildlife. In addition to monkeys, sloths and others, there are a variety of reptile species.

Cebus capucinus - White-headed Capuchin

The White-headed Capuchin (Cebus capucinus) is abundant in the park.

Holcosus quadrilineatus - Four-lined Ameiva

Also abundant and by far the most common reptile in Cahuita National Park is the Four-lined Ameiva (Holcosus quadrilineatus). You can see many of these pretty lizards, but they are very fast and quite shy. So it is difficult to get good pictures of them. With a lot of patience and some luck, I got this shot, which is one of my favorite pictures. It was taken between dry palm leaves and in the bright sunlight. The contrast of light and shadow make it look really special.


Although I was focused on wildlife watching - especially herping - I was able to enjoy the beautiful beaches of the Park as well.

Bothriechis schlegelii - Eyelash Viper

This is a very nice and uncommon coloration of the Eyelash Viper (Bothriechis schlegelii). The Caribbean coasts of Costa Rica are the perfect place to look for these snakes!

Coenobita clypeatus - Caribbean Hermit Crab

I saw many Caribbean Hermit Crabs (Coenobita clypeatus) close to the beach, but it took me some time to get a decent picture. They are either moving around or hidden in their little houses.

Anolis lemurinus - Ghost Anole

This Ghost Anole (Anolis lemurinus) was actually hard to spot. With a very low angle I was able to get an interessting background in the picture.

Bothriechis schlegelii - Eyelash Viper

So that's the famous one: A yellow colored Eyelash Viper!


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