Discussion in 'Costa Rica' started by wanderer, Nov 11, 2011.
You're right about the frogs and the monkeys, but that is just one small part of the picture. This lush country, home to rain forests, green valleys, and beaches, supports of wide range of wildlife. Diversity is amazing, and conservation is important. There are some great details here with this D360 article and a truly great frog picture!
animals of Costa Rica
Costa Rica has the most biodiversity anywhere in the planet. There are so many animals such as Howler Monkey, White-faced Capuchin, Coati, Three-Toed Sloth, Jaguar, Hummingbird, Toucan, Blue Morpho Butterfly, Leafcutter Ant, Fer-de-lance.
I love this list of animals. I would love to see them up close. I'm not sure what a coati is, so I'll have to look that up. Oh they're really cute...they look kind of like a raccoon.
Costa Rica Animal
Here's an odd one I photographed in Manual Antonio Park called Paca Agouti. It looks to be from the rat family but much bigger
He is odd, but in a charming way. Thanks for sharing!
pacas vs rats
As d360 mentioned Pacas look like rats and they're generally brown in color with four lines of white dots on each side of their body. These critters are huge with a length of about 80 cm, and approx. weight of 11 kg. so they're not to be messed with.
Another difference between the Pacas and common rats is that they also live solitarily lives with the exception of a mother rearing her young.
Wow, that's about 25 pounds! That's a lot bigger than most house pets. I would stay away, even though they're pretty amazing!
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