Thursday, August 27, 2009

Fashionable Frog!

Still reporting from mom's Big World Assignment in Costa Rica, I now present to you my new friend, the Blue Jeans Dart Frog! My friend is also known as the Strawberry Poison Dart Frog.

Mom almost missed him because he was only the size of my mom's thumbnail! His bright colors warn predators that he is toxic. His skin secretions are not poisonous to humans, but some unpredictable things have been known to happen if you touch him!

I must say, I have never met a more Fashionable Frog. His Blue Jeans, are very versatile, and can be worn for any occasion!

Mom found my new friend hanging out at the base of a huge Ceiba Tree. She said I can be friends with him as long as I don't touch him.

I like my Fashionable new Frog Friend!

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Who Can See the Toucans?

My mom did! Still reporting from Costa Rica, and mom was so excited to see Toucans flying around free in the rain forest!

This is the Chestnut-Mandibled Toucan, and it is the largest of the Toucans' species at 52-56cm. Mom saw lots of them, and they hang out in flocks of about 20 in the lower rain forest wetlands.

Mom, you should have brought one of these birdies home to me for a "souvenir" friend! They are very beautiful birdies!

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Thursday, August 13, 2009

Hercules, That is One BIG Bug!

Continuing on with my mom's Big World Assignment....and I may be writing about Costa Rica for a while, since there was so much great wildlife there!
Moving on now to another creepy crawly bug!

This is the HERCULES Beetle! It is also known as the Rhinoceros Beetle, and it is native to Costa Rica. This beetle can get up to 6.75 inches long! It is named "Hercules" for it's amazing strength and can carry up to 850 times it's weight!

Some of the locals near the Del Monte banana processing plant were showing these beetles to tourists.

Mom was too scared to hold one, so she took a picture of someone else on her tour holding one.

Mom! What happened to a "hands on" Report? What kind of Big World Reporter are you? Are you a Scaredy CAT?

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

I'm JB's Mom, Get Me Out of Here!!

JB's mom here. Ok, is there no limit as to what I will do to find JB more animal friends?? JB has really pushed me to the limit this time!

JB told me my next Big World Assignment would be in Costa Rica and I had to stay in the jungle at the Pachira Lodge in Tortuguero in a hut on stilts to find her more animal friends!

Not just the jungle, but the RAINFOREST!. That's right....with lots and LOTS of rain!
So, it perfectly ok for me to get my hair wet, when you will do everything possible not to get your furs wet??

Ok, so maybe the lush foliage is quite pretty and beautiful, I have to admit, but what is lurking deep in this rainforest?

I decided to consult my Costa Rica Wildlife Guide.

Eeek, just nearby was a Slender Anole Lizard! These are common in the Costa Rica rainforest, and it slithered quickly away behind my hut. I wondered how many of his friends would be slithering around in my room that night?

The room was simple, with a pretty stained glass light, but not sure if you can see......there is no glass in those windows, just old screens!
Yes, JB made me sleep in an open air room!!

And what did I find over my head when I went to bed that first night? The biggest Grasshopper I had ever seen, about 4-5 inches long!

I'm JB's mom, get me out of here!!

To Be Continued......

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