As much as I love to blog about all the colorful birds, adorable animals and deserted beaches of Costa Rica, there is also a scary side to this country. Along with the cute animals come the creepy ones, the venomous ones, the deadly ones, the poisonous ones, the not-so-cute critters that make me scream like a mad woman when one surprises me.
One of our first encounters with a deadly animal upon arrival in Costa Rica was at the Tarcoles River, which is home to 40+ gigantic crocodiles. We have come across crocs many times since then, near beaches, in rivers, hidden in mangroves, lurking in the water or lounging on the shore.
For a girl terrified of spiders, Costa Rica may not have been the best choice as a place to live. But I am proud to say I am slowly getting over my arachnophobia. We have a tarantula that lives in a hole outside our front door, her name is Harriet and she is spectacular. I have no problem with her existence...as long as she stays out of my bedroom.
Harriet is not the only spider to try to claim our home as her own. You never know who may drop by around here...
Quite a few snakes have crossed our path during our explorations of Costa Rica, including an angry 6-foot pit viper who I am still trying to forget. Here are our best snake photos.
Scorpions are amongst the creepy critters we regularly encounter in Costa Rica. They are startling to come across, although our miniature dachshund Sophie ate one whole and didn't seem affected.
One of the most toxic animals in Costa Rica are the frogs and toads. The tiny, colorful poison dart frogs are one of my favorite things to come across on a jungle hike. When you come across one, do not touch them as they secrete an extremely toxic, poison. We see them daily around our house and yard. This is why our dog has to be on a leash when going outside now, she has been poisoned by the frogs and toads of Costa Rica too many times.
That wraps up our creepy critter tour....for now...until the next creeper makes its appearance. Stay tuned.
Kari Pinkerton Silcox
It would be a tragedy to die, having never really lived. Which is why my husband Andy and I quit our jobs, sold our house and decided to chase our dreams. We moved to Costa Rica without a plan, and this is the story of our adventure.