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Pit Viper Learn About the Venomous Snakes of Costa Rica This is a guest article by Quepolandia.com written by Manuel Cabalceta Mendéz, professional rainforest guide with translation services by Brian Schoenholtz. Among reptiles, snakes are the most adaptive group and there are an estimated 2,900 species in the world. In Costa Rica, there are 139 species of snakes, representing 60% of the reptiles of the country. 22 species are venomous and the r...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Alligator Warning Signs to be Posted in Costa Rica Source: Wikimedia Commons Warning signs along the Tarcoles River near the Central Pacific coast of Costa Rica will soon advice residents and tourists about the presence of potentially dangerous caimans.   The warning signs specifically prohibit feeding the reptiles, which many people see as an act of good faith, but is in fact a danger to humans. In a recent interview with Radio Col...
Source: Sea Shepherd Foot Patrols by Sea Shepherd in Costa Rica Protect Sea Turtles   Source: Sea Shepherd The history of Paul Watson and Costa Rica began a new chapter this month, but this time there are no INTERPOL notices or outstanding arrest warrants making the news. As people in Costa Rica were celebrating Independence Day on September 15th, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society published a press release announcing Operation Pacuare, an effort to protect the sea...
fer-de-lance snake Costa Rica Dangerous Terciopelo (Pit Viper) Bite in Costa Rica (VIDEO) A few months ago, The Costa Rica Star published an article that described an unusual situation: Last year, a 40-year old man found himself naked in a lush rainforest of Costa Rica. He was looking for something to eat when he disrupted the habitat of a large terciopelo (fer-de-lance) snake, which he proceeded to kill with a stick. The killing of the reptile, which you can watch here, was filmed by...
Whale Watching Costa Rica Costa Rica Whale Spotting Season 2014 (VIDEO)   The Whales and Dolphins Festival was a great success this year, and cetacean sightings in the Southern Pacific coast of Costa Rica will continue through October. As you can see from this video recently uploaded by kind blogger Capi, the season has thus far provided plenty of whale spotting opportunities.   http://youtu.be/ybm6VAZsCaI    ...
Source: Fuerza Publica Sea Turtle Rescue Center Managed by Police in Costa Rica   Source: Fuerza Publica The canton of Garabito in Puntarenas is home to some of the most eco-friendly police officers in Costa Rica. Two years ago, members of Fuerza Pública (Costa Rica's national police force) who patrol the Jaco Beach and Playa Hermosa communities decided to open their own nesting sanctuary for olive ridley sea turtles. This initiative was prompted by the need to pr...
San Vicente de Paul Hospital in Heredia Costa Rica Achieves Urological Surgery Milestone San Vicente de Paul Hospital in Heredia A young man in Costa Rica who suffered from a malignant tumor in his spinal cord is recovering after a successful surgical procedure that involved the implantation of a penile prosthesis. The surgery was performed at the Saint Vincent of Paul Hospital, a public health facility that serves the community of Heredia. This was the first time a penile implant...
Source: Wikimedia Commons Tasty Decaf Coffee is Closer to Reality   Source: Wikimedia Commons The city of Armenia in Colombia is located in the heart of one of the most fertile coffee-producing regions in the world. This is where the 25th International Conference on Coffee Science is currently taking place, and there are two topics that attendants are likely to discuss: The sequencing of the coffee genome, which was recently completed, and how this m...
Source: MSP Costa Rica Coast Guard in Costa Rica Prevents Butchering of Sea Turtle Source: MSP Costa Rica This past Saturday, poachers plying their loathsome trade in the Caribbean region of Costa Rica were about to butcher an adult female Chelonia mydas (green sea turtle) when officers from the National Coast Guard Service and the local Fuerza Publica detachment stepped in to prevent what would have been a violent demise for the aquatic reptile.   According to a ...
Beamer the Shark Tagged in New York, Killed in Costa Rica: Beamer the Shark   Source: Ocearch Beamer was a blue shark that used to enjoy swimming in the chilly waters off Montauk, New York. Last year, Beamer began swimming south towards the Caribbean and made it to the eastern Antilles by Christmas. The shark then made a straight swim towards Puerto Limon in Costa Rica; alas, Beamer ended up hooked on  the lines of a commercial fishing boat somewhere between P...