Costa Rica, the Osa!

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Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Gope » Fri Jan 22, 2016 11:11 pm

Hey folks,
I'm flying to CR for a mental cleansing next month. We're heading for the Osa to unwind in paradise. I have a few days unaccounted for and would love to hear any froggy recommendations from anyone who's been there. Should be auratus around but would love to see granulifera also.
Thanks! Jim

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Philsuma » Sat Jan 23, 2016 10:18 am

I've been to CR three times and ALL on the 'other' coast, heh.

Are you going alone? With a GF, because chances are, the GF is NOT gonna wanna hit the jungle with all it's icky creatures.

I can give you lots of CR info and recommendations, but I got nuthin' on the 'side' you are going to, although I'd love to see some granulifura

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Gope » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:45 pm

Going with the wife. She's Thai so not new to jungle and its amenities. :) I drug her around a good bit there searching for fish sp. The Osa is remote and I'm not completely sure how she'll react to being so isolated for five or six days, but that's the point of this trip. It's been a rough Winter for us and we need to disconnect for a while! Other than frogs the Carib side just never appealed to me. Maybe I'm missing something. I spent a month backpacking alone down the Pacific coast in 99 and ended in the Osa. The wildlife was incredible.

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Philsuma » Sat Jan 23, 2016 1:57 pm

You know of Field Herp Forum ? Check it out, I believe the search feature on that site works well and there was a Thread or two on Jimenez and your pennisula.

Lotsa cool coloured large land crabs in CR, if you like those.

Take a lot of pics!

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Gope » Sat Jan 23, 2016 4:29 pm

No I hadn't heard of it,thanks! I'll have a look.

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Armson » Wed Feb 03, 2016 7:32 am

Gope,

Could you do me a favor and collect a few things for me?

-Byron

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Gope » Wed Feb 03, 2016 10:54 am

Sure what would you like? A few granulifera perhaps? :)

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Philsuma » Wed Feb 03, 2016 11:41 am

Before everyone goes crazy - he wants 'data'. Information on temps, humidity, light levels, that sort of thing.

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I.............hope........

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Gope » Wed Feb 03, 2016 12:47 pm

I was joking of course. I thought Byron was also. If I was wrong please fill me in Byron. If I can help I'll try.

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Armson » Wed Feb 03, 2016 1:41 pm

Could you please bring me back a 1.2 of Gran.... Data.

Yes I would like 1.2 gigs of data. Yeah that's exactly what I want.

I will send you a PM later this evening.


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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Armson » Thu Feb 04, 2016 8:01 am

Gope,

I am trying to explain it over on this thread.

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Gope » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:17 am

Very, very dry here! Dusty dry! Not found much in the reptile/amphibian class as of yet. These pics were taken at Leona lodge at the edge of Corcovado park. On one of their trails, steep, maybe 300 meters climb above sea level. I have a guide arranged for this afternoon and evening so maybe better luck to come?
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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Armson » Sun Mar 06, 2016 10:19 am

You rock !

Keep them those pictures comming!

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Philsuma » Sun Mar 06, 2016 12:20 pm

It's amazing how dry it is, and bright sun and the frogs are still out!

Tons of leaf litter and no 'green carpet moss'. Just a lot of decomposition and lovely beneficial clay!

Bringing your temp gun along ? Hard core.

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Armson » Mon Mar 07, 2016 8:01 am

I want to know what is in that clay......

and as Phil pointed out, Darts don't seem to enjoy wall to wall carpeting out in the wild.

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Gope » Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:23 pm

Haven't had much internet access. Now that I'm home I'll get things sorted and have a few more pics. It was disappointing in the herp department. Too dry, bad timing. But not a total loss. The guided hike was good. Granny was seen in the morning but we couldn't find it in the afternoon. Guides said theyr'e everywhere in the wet season. Found another large auratus that refused to let me take a decent picture. The heat gun read in the same range as the last one. It was freaking hot everywhere!
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Lots and lots of these little buggers near the few wet areas we found.
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A little cooler here.
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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Armson » Mon Mar 21, 2016 7:32 am

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Gope » Mon Mar 21, 2016 10:42 pm

:) I have lots of photos, but unfortunately that's it for dart frogs. It was very dry and more than a little disappointing in that respect. I have some other herps and plnats & habitat that I'll gladly post if you want. Quite a few of birds and mammals.
These were taken at Hacienda Baru. A resort with a large piece of land and lot of trails of their own. I took a quick walk just around the bungalows at night before I turned in. No idea what sp.?
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Obviously not a frog. But the biggest spider I've ever seen! A 5+ inches total length. I wanted to put my hand in there for perspective but it was too creepy. Glad I didn't. From what I find it's a wandering spider. Largest spider in the world, aggressive and deadly.
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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Armson » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:03 am

JESUS CHRIST! LOOK AT THE SIZE OF IT!

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Re: Costa Rica, the Osa!

Postby Gope » Tue Mar 22, 2016 1:42 am

That's about what I said to my wife when I first shined my light on it. A few more expletives. I'm thinking Phoneutria boliviensis.


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