Mammals, Amphibians, and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Field Guide

Mammals, Amphibians, and Reptiles of Costa Rica: A Field Guide

by Carrol L. Henderson

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To help visitors, as well as local residents, identify and enjoy the wildlife of Costa Rica, Carrol L. Henderson published Field Guide to the Wildlife of Costa Rica in 2002, and it instantly became the indispensable guide. Now Henderson has created a field guide dedicated to the monkeys, sloths, treefrogs, lizards, crocodiles, and other animals that travelers are most likely to see while exploring the wild lands of Costa Rica. He includes fascinating information on their natural history, ecology, identification, and behavior gleaned from his forty years of travels, studies, and wildlife viewing in Costa Rica, as well as details on where to see these remarkable and beautiful creatures. The mammals, amphibians, and reptiles are illustrated by stunning and colorful photographs-most of which were taken in the wild by Henderson. A detailed and invaluable appendix that identifies many of Costa Rica's best wildlife-watching destinations, lodges, and contact information for trip-planning purposes completes the volume.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780292784642
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 08/01/2011
Series: Corrie Herring Hooks Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 24 MB
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About the Author

Carrol L. Henderson has headed the Nongame Wildlife Program of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources since 1977. He is an award-winning wildlife conservationist who has helped bring back eastern bluebirds, bald eagles, peregrine falcons, river otters, and trumpeter swans; an avid wildlife photographer whose images have appeared in the New York Times, Audubon, Birder's World, and Wild Bird; an experienced birding tour leader to Latin America, Kenya, Tanzania, and New Zealand; and the author of many magazine articles and several books. In 2016, the Garden Club of America awarded Henderson the Frances K. Hutchinson Medal, which is given to figures of national importance for distinguished service to conservation. In 2012, he received the Gary T. Myers Bird Conservation Award from the US Fish and Wildlife Service, recognizing him as the top bird conservationist in North America.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword by Winnie Hallwachs
  • Preface
  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
    • Historical Perspective
      • Research
      • Education
      • Preservation
      • Conservation
      • Nature Tourism
    • Geography
    • Biogeography
    • Endemic Species
      • Endemic Wildlife of the Highlands
      • Endemic Species of the Southern Pacific Lowlands
      • Endemic Species of Cocos Island
    • Major Biological Zones
      • Tropical Dry Forest
      • Southern Pacific Lowlands
      • Central Plateau (Central Valley)
      • Caribbean Lowlands
      • Highlands
      • Coastal Beaches, Islands, and Mangrove Lagoons
    • Wildlife Overview and Species Coverage
  • Mammals Species Accounts
    • Opossum Family (Didelphidae)
    • Sheath-tailed Bat Family (Emballonuridae)
    • Leaf-nosed Bat Family (Phyllostomidae)
    • New World Monkey Family (Cebidae)
    • Anteater Family (Myrmecophagidae)
    • Sloth Family (Bradypodidae)
    • Armadillo Family (Dasypodidae)
    • Squirrel Family (Sciuridae)
    • Porcupine Family (Erethizontidae)
    • Paca Family (Cuniculidae)
    • Agouti Family (Dasyproctidae)
    • Dog Family (Canidae)
    • Weasel Family (Mustelidae)
    • Raccoon Family (Procyonidae)
    • Cat Family (Felidae)
    • Peccary Family (Tayassuidae)
    • Deer Family (Cervidae)
    • Tapir Family (Tapiridae)
    • Baleen Whale Family (Balaenopteridae)
  • Amphibians Species Accounts
    • Toad Family (Bufonidae)
    • Glass Frog Family (Centrolenidae)
    • Craugastorid Frog Family (Craugastoridae)
    • Poison Dart Frog Family (Dendrobatidae)
    • Tree Frog Family (Hylidae)
    • Leopard Frog Family (Ranidae)
  • Reptiles Species Accounts
    • Iguana Family (Iguanidae)
    • Anole Family (Polychrotidae)
    • Spiny Lizard Family (Phrynosomatidae)
    • Whiptail Family (Teiidae)
    • Gecko Family (Gekkonidae)
    • Skink Family (Scincidae)
    • Dwarf Boa Family (Loxocemidae)
    • Constrictor Family (Boidae)
    • Colubrid Snake Family (Colubridae)
    • Coral Snake Family (Elapidae)
    • Viper Family (Viperidae)
    • Mud Turtle Family (Kinosternidae)
    • Hard-shelled Sea Turtle Family (Cheloniidae)
    • Leatherback Turtle Family (Dermochelyidae)
    • Semiaquatic Pond Turtle Family (Emydidae)
    • Crocodile Family (Crocodylidae)
  • Glossary
  • Bibliography
  • Appendix A. Costa Rica Conservation Organizations, Research Stations, Birding Groups, and Bird Information Sources
  • Appendix B. Wildlife Tourism Sites and Field Stations Of Costa Rica
  • Appendix C. Costa Rica Trip Preparation Checklist
  • Appendix D. Travel Tips for a Successful Wildlife Viewing Trip in Costa Rica
  • About the Author
  • Index

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