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    Hiking our trails
    Our Bosque has quite a variety of wildlife. Frogs, lizards and snakes can be seen frequently in the rain and cloud forests.

    If a snake is spotted, as with any wildlife, caution is always to be practiced. Although, most snakes in the area are not poisonous, there are a few mildly venomous snakes out there. Do not poke around holes with a stick if a habitat is discovered.

    Tropical King Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum)
    Fire Bellied Sanake (Liophis epinephelus)
    Jumping Bit Viper (Atropoides nummifer)
    Striped Palm Pit Viper (Bothriechis lateralis)
    Godman's Montane Pit Viper (Cerrophidion godmani)
    Black Milk Snake (Lampropeltis triangulum gaigeae)
    Green Litter Snake (Rhadinaea calligaster)

    Tropical King Snake Striped palm Pit Viper  Green frog-eater

    Amardillos are harmless and are normally only seen at night. The Olingo and Kinkajou are frequent, nightly visitors to our banana feeders. The Pizotte is daring and comes during the day.

    The Tolomuco does live here. It is a large weasel like animal about the size of a large sea otter. Although, the Tolomuco looks cuddly and cute it does sport sharp claws and some impressive teeth. If you do come in contact with one, it's first reaction will be to run away. It is not aggressive and will avoid confrontations when possible.

    Vine Snake
    The Jaguarundi has been seen, periodically in the mountains, along our hiking trails.

    The Coati, called Pizotte by the Ticos, and is frequently seen in Costa Rica. It is a racoon like animal with a very, long ringed tail. The Coati has a highly developed sense of smell to localize its food that ranges from fruit to mice, tarantulas and lizards. It will avoid people, unless they are in an area where they're being fed. We do not encourage this because they could become very aggressive.

    Hiking You will see bats at night. They are very hard to identify. The bats vary in size and there are quite a few different species. This is, also, an Entomologists, paradise. We have had many researchers that enjoy wandering around, at night, looking at our extensive, population of moths. The famous Herpetologist, Gunther Kohler of Frankfurt's, Museum of Natural Sciences, has found a specific lizard, that he has done extensive studies. Fred Sibley, Yale ornithologist, who, presently researches dragonflies, is a frequent visitor.

    Our BIRD LIST is now over 200 species. For more information on birdwatching or the types of birds spotted on our property and forest, please see our bird list