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Animals in Costa Rica
Costa Rica's warm, tropical climate makes it an ecosystem more diverse than almost anywhere else in the world. This Central American nation is an entomologist's dream with over 35,000 species of insects identified. Some of these creepy-crawlies are the kind you like to see: the butterflies. Costa Rica is home to some of the most dazzlingly beautiful butterflies on the planet. In fact, five percent of the entire world's known species of butterflies can be found in this small country.
Over eight hundred species of birds can be found in the canopy of the country's rainforest. The list of exotic tropical birds includes two species of macaw, making Costa Rica also a birdwatcher's paradise.
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jaguar continues to prowl through the jungle looking for prey, although he is on the endangered species list along with the squirrel monkey. Four species of monkeys swing in Costa Rica's trees, and two types of sloth can be found in the trees, too. In some areas, the local wildlife is accustomed to the human population and interactions are not unusual. One native rascal is the Capuchin monkey, who is known as a mischievous snatcher of unattended food.
Amphibians and reptiles can be found in abundant numbers in the rainforests of the Central Cordillera Mountains. The slopes of the mountains facing the Caribbean Sea receive the most rainfall. Diverse species of tree frogs and lizards make this forest their home. Some reptiles live in Costa Rica only when they're not at sea, like the Leatherback sea turtle. Male Leatherbacks spend the rest of their lives in the water once they reach it, but the female must return to the beach to build her nest.
Another native animal is the Tico. 'Ticos' are how the Costa Rican people affectionately refer to themselves, and they take a great deal of pride in their nation's wildlife. No matter which creature you prefer, Costa Rica has everything to offer for animal lovers around the globe.


Click here for a list of endangered animals in Costa Rica.
Even-toed ungulates in Costa Rica
Collared peccary
White-tailed deer
Red brocket
Carnivores in Costa Rica
Amazonian hog-nosed skunk
Bushy-tailed olingo
Hooded skunk
Harris's olingo
Eastern spotted skunk
Central american cacomistle
Jaguar
Greater grison
Tayra
Long-tailed weasel
American jackal
Kinkajou
Eyra cat
Coatimundi
Crab-eating raccoon
Northern raccoon
Gray fox
Ocelot
Little spotted cat
Margay
La plata otter
Dolphins, porpoises, and whales in Costa Rica
Lesser beaked whale
Atlantic spinner dolphin
Euphrosyne dolphin
Long-beaked dolphin
Rough-toothed dolphin
Pygmy killer whale
Melon-headed whale
Grey dolphin
Pygmy sperm whale
Fraser's dolphin
Atlantic dolphin
Killer whale
Blainville's beaked whale
Bridled dolphin
Bats in Costa Rica
Brazilian brown bat
Black-winged little yellow bat
Argentine brown bat
Jamaican fruit-eating bat
Great fruit-eating bat
Proboscis bat
Big brown bat
Pygmy fruit-eating bat
Greater sac-winged bat
Black bonneted bat
Toltec fruit-eating bat
Lesser sac-winged bat
Hairy big-eared bat
Chestnut sac-winged bat
Little yellow-shouldered bat
Dwarf bonneted bat
White-bellied big-eared bat
Highland yellow-shouldered bat
Wagner's bonneted bat
Gray sac-winged bat
Louis's yellow-shouldered bat
Sanborn's bonneted bat
Schmidts's big-eared bat
Talamancan yellow-shouldered bat
Thumbless bat
Commissaris's long-tongued bat
Gray long-tongued bat
Striped hairy-nosed bat
Brazilian free-tailed bat
Pallas's long-tongued bat
Greater dog-like bat
Black mastiff bat
Spix's disk-winged bat
Silky short-tailed bat
Lesser dog-like bat
Bonda mastiff bat
Chestnut short-tailed bat
Pale-faced bat
Fringe-lipped bat
Seba's short-tailed bat
Pale spear-nosed bat
Pallas's mastiff bat
Shaggy bat
Greater spear-nosed bat
Miller's mastiff bat
Wrinkle-faced bat
Heller's broad-nosed bat
Sinaloan mastiff bat
Salvin's big-eyed bat
Greater broad-nosed bat
Silver-tipped myotis
Tent-maiking bat
Hairy big-eyed bat
Elegant myotis
Hairy-legged myotis
Brown tent-making bat
Tacarcuna bat
Davy's naked-backed bat
Black myotis
Striped yellow-eared bat
Southern yellow bat
Godman's long-tailed bat
Big naked-backed bat
Montane myotis
Little yellow-eared bat
Big-eared wooly bat
Parnell's mustached bat
Riparian myotis
Great stripe-faced bat
Short-eared bat
Wagner's mustached bat
Mexican funnel-eared bat
Spectral bat
Lesser bulldog bat
Dark long-tongued bat
Greater bulldog bat
Goldman's nectar bat
Common vampire bat
Handley's tailless bat
Orange nectar bat
White-winged vampire bat
Geoffroy's tailless bat
Tomes's sword-nosed bat
Northern ghost bat
Macconnell's bat
Hairy-legged vampire bat
Aztec fruit-eating bat
Long-legged bat
White bat
American marsupials in Costa Rica
Brown four-eyed opossum
Alston's woolly mouse opossum
Central american woolly opossum
Water opossum
Common opossum
Virginia opossum
Mexican mouse opossum
Hares, pikas, and rabbits in Costa Rica
Forest rabbit
Eastern cottontail
Dice's cottontail
Horses, rhinoceroses, and tapirs in Costa Rica
Baird's tapir
Primates in Costa Rica
Geoffroy's tamarin
Black-handed spider monkey
Black-crowned central american squirrel monkey
Golden-mantled howling monkey
White-faced capuchin
Rodents in Costa Rica
Underwood's water mouse
Cherrie's pocket gopher
Dusky rice rat
Variable pocket gopher
Tomes's rice rat
Alfaro's rice rat
Bolivar rice rat
Coues's rice rat
Boquete rice rat
Talamancan rice rat
Big-eared climbing rat
Central american dwarf squirrel
Bangs's mountain squirrel
Mexican deer mouse
Desmarest's spiny pocket mouse
Mountain spiny pocket mouse
Armored rat
Watson's climbing rat
Underwood's pocket gopher
Tome's spiny rat
Deppe's squirrel
Short-nosed harvest mouse
Red-tailed squirrel
Central american agouti
Chiriqui harvest mouse
Short-tailed cane mouse
Variegated squirrel
Slender harvest mouse
Alston's brown mouse
Salvin's spiny pocket mouse
Spotted paca
Mexican harvest mouse
Vesper rat
Chiriqui brown mouse
Nicaraguan harvest mouse
Trinidad arboreal rice rat
Alfaro's rice water rat
Rodriguez's harvest mouse
Fulvous pygmy rice rat
Harris's rice water rat
Sumichrast's harvest mouse
Mexican hairy dwarf porcupine
Goldman's water mouse
Chiriqui pocket gopher
Dugongs, manatees, and sea cows in Costa Rica
American manatee
Edentates in Costa Rica
Northern naked-tailed armadillo
Common long-nosed armadillo
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