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The Beautiful and Deadly Animals of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is a beautiful tropical country filled with a diverse collection of beautiful animals.

Some of those beautiful animals are very deadly and everyone, tourists and locals, should take great care to avoid direct contact with them.

Here is a short list of some of the most deadly animals to avoid have direct contact with during your visit:

Fer-de-Lance Snake

This snake belongs to the Viper family. It is gray or brown and has a triangular head with diamonds. If you are bitten by the snake, you could die.

Eye-lash Viper Snake

This snake also belongs to the Viper family. It can be yellow, green, red and brown in coloring or colored combinations. They have a diamond head as well but much smaller than the Fer-de-Lance.

The Coral Snake

The Coral Snake can be found on both coasts of Costa Rica. It inhabits the dry forests and humid forests. There are a variety of Coral Snakes, some venomous and many that aren’t. You can distinguish the poisonous ones by their specific colored rings (click here).

The American Crocodile

The most popular spot to view these predators is the Tarcoles River. Although attacks are rare, you should be careful and if you are on a river tour, be cautious and listen to your tour guide.

The Puma

Stay away from any “Big Cats” in Costa Rica, they are predators. These animals are very elusive, so the probability of you seeing or coming into direct contact with one is very low.

The Jaguar

Read the above (regarding The Puma). If you come across one, remain calm and try to back away slowly, very slowly.

The Poison Dart Frog

These little frogs with the mesmerizing black and green coloring are deadly. Their poison can cause paralysis and heart attacks.

Here is some simple advice:  If you see a frog that is colored vividly just let it hop along on its way, not all frogs in Costa Rica are poisonous but, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

In closing, Costa Rica has many beautiful animals and some are deadly.

Just be aware and be careful while visiting the country.




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