Herp Expedition to Tortuguero, Costa Rica

 

 

During June 20-29 2004, Dr. Mike Dorcas, J.D. Willson, Joy Hester, and Bill Johnson traveled to Tortuguero, Costa Rica in seach of herpetofauna. The group also kept a list of all tetropods encountered. This trip occurred during the beginning of the rainy season and the weather behaved accordingly - the first few days were sunny, then came periodic heavy rains. Trip planning and coordination was facilitated by the Carerras family of San Jose, who have a strong interest in the conservation of Tortuguero. Carlos Carerras (Davidson Class of 2002) accompanied the group to Tortuguero for a few days. Funding was provied by the Dean Rusk Internation Program and a Faculty Research Grant to M. Dorcas.

 

 

 

Tetrapod Species List

 

Reptiles
Lizards
Ameiva festiva

Ameiva quadrilineata

Basiliscus plumifrons

Basiliscus vittatus

Gonatodes albogularis

Norops humilus

Norops limnifrons

 
Reptiles
Snakes
Bothrops asper (DOR)
Turtles
Crocodilians

 

Birds
Only in San Jose American swallow-tailed kite
Rock dove Mealy parrot
Rufus-collared sparrow Great green macaw
Only on road to Tortuguero Kell-backed toucan
Scarlet-rumped tanager Chestnut-mandibled toucan
Olive tanager Collared aracari
Ruddy ground-dove Slaty tailed trogon
Crimson-fronted parakeet Amazon kingfisher
Mississippi kite Ringed kingfisher
In Tortuguero Belted kingfisher
Brown pelican Great kiskadee
Magnificent frigatebird Boat-billed flycatcher
Anhinga Tropical kingbird
Olivaceous cormorant Bright-rumped atilla
Roseate spoonbill White-ringed flycatcher
Green ibis Great-tailed grackle
Wilsons plover Black cowled oriole
Northern jacana Groove-billed ani
Sora Montezuma oropendola
Bare-throated tiger heron Clay colored robin
Rufescent tiger heron White-collared manakin
Boat-billed heron Immaculate antbird
Green-backed heron Chestnut-backed antbird
Great blue heron Blue-gray tanager
Tricolored heron Common tody flycatcher
Little blue heron House wren
Yellow-crowned night heron Variable seedeater
Snowy egret Blue-black grassquit
Cattle egret Rufuous-tailed hummingbird
Great egret Long-tailed hermit
King vulture Violet-headed hummingbird
Black vulture Green-breasted mango
Turkey vulture Mangrove swallow
Laughing falcon Semiplumbeous hawk
Common blackhawk Gray hawk
   
   
Mammals
Long-nosed bat
Howler monkey
Spider monkey
White-faced capuchin
Three-toed sloth
Raccoon
Virginia opossum

 

 

Non-Herp Wildlife
Butterflies
Spider
Spider
Tarantula
Gray Hawk
Roseate spoonbills
???
Tiger heron
Howler monkey
White-faced capuchin
Spider monkey

 

 

People and animals getting along
JD and Mike wrestle a parrot snake
Joy marking an iguana
JD trying out the lizard noose
JD and his prize catch JD and a boa That's a big toad you've got there
Olga with an iguana
Joy's shadow - Mayalee
And so begins the modeling career of Joy
Joy and her little friend
Yet another herp finds Joy's hair
Joy and a tiny helmeted iguana
The iguana wants to read too
Getting ready for a boat trip
JD and Mike demonstrate the lizard noosing power of Uncle Buck

 

 

 

 

See the video of our trip:
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All pictures taken by JD Willson, Joy Hester, and Bill Johnson