Wednesday, December 29, 2010

A Skink and a Porcupine at La Selva

Here's are few more pix from La Selva before moving on to Savegre Mountain Lodge, my all-time favourite place (at least to date).

I have tried, without success, to find out what skink this is.  One of my favourite on-line identification sources has a photo of something similar, unnamed and with a request for help in identification too.  This little thing was fast, darting across the trail and into the leaf litter.  I got lucky at snapping a photo.  Its tail is neon turquoise.

A mass of vegetation, huge moss covered trees, lianas hanging, ferns, palms, bromiliads, philodendrons, so many plants species.

Leafcutter Ants (Atta sp.) This was cute.  There was a long, long line of pink petals bobbing along the side of the mossy walkway at La Selva.  The petals were falling from canopy-flowering trees and the ants were taking them to their underground fungus garden.

A small stream - we can't see the hummingbird taking a bath down there, but it really was happening.

And a porcupine sleeping high in a tree (the photo is digiscoped).  It is a Mexican Hairy Dwarf Porcupine  (Sphiggurus mexicanus)

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