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Central American Whiptail

(Ameiva festiva)

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The Central American Whiptail is also called Central American Ameiva. A mid-sized lizard, olive or brown with a conspicuous yellow, whitish, or bluish stripe down center of back; yellow,white or bluish dashes or dots along the sides; youngsters with bluish tail; to 12 cm (5 in), plus tail. (Chisbala)


Low elevation wet forests, Caribbean and southern Pacific slopes; found on the ground or in low vegetation.

Found in the following Parks:

Braulio Carrillo National Park.
Cahuita National Park.
Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge.
Corcovado National Park.
La Selva Biological Reserve.
Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (Fotos).
Tortuguero National Park.
Robert & Catherine Wilson Botanical Garden.

If you want to read about Eco-Tourism, Ecology, Behavior, Breeding and more of Costa Ricas' Fauna, we recommend to buy the Travelers' Wildlife Guide of Costa Rica by Les Beletzky (or Belesky) with beautiful illustrations by Davis Dennis. This priceless guide is our constant companion, when we travel around Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua.
To buy the complete book visit Interlink Books

The team of Discovery Travel World wishes you the best of times in our little paradise called Costa Rica.

Central American Whiptail (Ameiva festiva), Costa Rica