This young green iguana will eventually grow to 1,000 times its birth volume. As a vegetarian, the reptile feeds mostly on fruits and leaves available in its habitat.
The colorful throat patch of a male anole lizard has two functions: to attract females and to intimidate rival males in an effort to drive them from his mating territory.
Yellow-throated toucans are a common sighting over breakfast at Lapa Rios. Spot this stunning bird around the pool area, where it regularly feeds on the fruits of the Cecropia tree.
A three-toed sloth spends most of its time lounging on the branches of the forest canopy, sometimes sleeping up to 20 hours per day. With a coat that’s camouflaged against the foliage, this mostly stationary creature can still elude predators.
When you hear a crashing in the canopy and see branches moving about, chances are the culprit is a troupe of spider monkeys—Costa Rica’s most active primates. These large mammals can cover up to five miles per day foraging for fruits and leaves.
Guests of Lapa Rios will often refer to howler monkeys as their “living alarm clocks.” To save energy, males communicate with neighboring troupes by hollering loudly—a sound they will often emit at daybreak.
A baby howler monkey will spend the first year of life close to its mother, rarely venturing further than a few meters from her side. Around the age of three, both males and females will leave their families to find mates.
The bright-rumped attila is known for its aggressive, territorial behavior, making its presence known through loud whistles and taking on intruders up to two times its own size.
Red-lored parrots will hold long conversations with one other amid the rain forest treetops, confident that their camouflage won’t give away their exact location—despite the racket they can make.
Masked tree frogs can be spotted on a rain forest night walk at Lapa Rios. Their amazing eyesight and suctioning feet give them the ability to jump large distances in the dark and attach to almost any surface.
Orange-billed sparrows frequent the undergrowth and brushes close to the lodge. Despite its bright-orange bill, this bird can be hard to spot and typically will only give its presence away through its call.
As its name suggests, the roadside hawk lives along roadways and in other open areas. This semi-scavenger looks for easy prey, even tracking troupes of squirrel monkeys in an effort to catch whatever these primates extract from the trees.
The Cherrie’s tanager can be a big head-turner on a Lapa Rios birding tour—the male is especially striking with its crimson rump. This beautiful bird is endemic to pacific Central America and is regularly seen around the lodge property.
The white ibis is regularly spotted in the rivers and creeks of the Lapa Rios nature reserve, where scans the waters for its prey of shrimp, fish, insects, and small amphibians.
Spectacled caimans are the most widespread of the crocodilian reptiles found in Central and South America. This reptile can sometimes be seen basking in early morning sun on the riverbanks of the Lapa Rios reserve.
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