We got to see a number of exotic animals on our trip, as well as some that may not seem as exotic, but are still interesting. Sadly, I did not get a photo of the animal I was most excited to see- a toucan- because I didn't have my camera with me. But I got lots of photos of other native animals, so enjoy the show!
We saw three different types of iguanas- black iguanas (top), the typical green iguanas (center), and an orange-headed iguana (bottom).
Here is a basilisk- note how I am NOT making eye-contact with it! :) Among other things, a basilisk can walk on water, which is a pretty cool thing to see!
Here's another cool lizard we saw while at the beach at Manuel Antonio National Park.
And on our Jungle Safari Tour, we got pretty up close and personal with crocodiles! Take a look:
Here's a cute cat that seemed to belong to one of the hotels we stayed at. It was certainly a friendly kitty! :)
Here I am with the horse I rode- his name is Spirit ("Stallion of the Cimarron"), but he was actually a pretty lazy horse. Despite my prodding and urging, I ended up near or at the back of the long line of riders within the first 15 minutes of the ride. He also didn't like to get his hooves dirty, something that was pretty much inevitable considering that we were riding along mostly dirt trails on a very rainy day. Still, I enjoyed the ride for the most part.
Believe it or not, white-tailed deer are actually an endangered species in Costa Rica. For that reason, they have been declared the national animal of Costa Rica. Though they are obviously common enough here in the States, it was still cool to see this fawn so CLOSE. I guess they aren't as skittish in the tropics...
And another sloth just enjoying his nap!
And the rest...
Well, folks, that's all for now, seeing as how I've already given you a pretty big eyeful, and I've got an early day at work tomorrow. Until the next post...