Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt

Herpetology
A small selection of the study area's reptiles:

Anolis ginaelisae

This cloud forest jewel occurs above 1500 m asl and was not recognized as a discrete species until 2013.

 

Anolis casildae

This colourful giant anole is only known from intermediate elevations within a small part of the Cordillera Central. 

 

Anolis insignis

This giant anole inhabits lowland and premontane forests of Costa Rica and Panama. 

 

Anolis datzorum

This small anole is one of four new species of the genus Anolis that were discovered within a 24-hour period during a Senckenberg expedition in 2006 . It was named in honour of Erika and Walter Datz who support research at Senckenberg through the Erika and Walter Datz Foundation.

 

Anolis pseudokemptoni

Yet another of these four species. Its name reflects the similarity and close relationship to Anolis kemptoni, a species that occurs further to the west.

 

Bothriechis lateralis

This nocturnal pitviper is highly venomous. The heat sensitive pit organs are well visible as "holes" just in front of the eyes (especially when viewn from the front), rendering a confusion of the snake's identity impossible.

 

Dendrophidion paucicarinatum

In contrast, this slender highland colubrid is not venomous.

 

Rhadinaea calligaster

Spot-lipped Littersnakes show their brightly coloured venter for deterrence.

 

Dipsas articulata

This completely harmless snail-eater is a "false coral snake", imitating highly venomous "true coral snakes" with its colouration pattern...

 

Sibon annulatus

...whereas this inconspicuous snail-eater is more likely to be mistaken for a viper due to its cryptic colouration.

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