Amphibians and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Pocket Guide

Overview

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.

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Overview

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.

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"The text is concise, and the authors do a good job of covering the diversity of chameleons with interesting and easy-to-read descriptions and explanations."—The Quarterly Review of Biology (March 2014)

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Snake-fearing Indiana Jones would have welcomed this ready reference on the 418 amphibian and reptile species, a significant number of them highly venomous and/or toxic, found in Costa Rica. Entries include scientific and English common names, details on size (including fang lengths), and range maps. Color photographs showcase the biodiverse beauty of these species and allow for quick recognition. While the index is comprehensive, the deadly fer-de-lance snake discussed in the introduction is better found by going straight to the "pitvipers" section. VERDICT A colorful and critical species guide.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801478697
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 6/25/2013
  • Series: Zona Tropical Publications Series
  • Pages: 170
  • Sales rank: 303,297
  • Product dimensions: 4.31 (w) x 6.61 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Federico Muñoz Chacón 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.

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Table of Contents

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

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