Tails of Panama

PANAMA JANUARY 2010- MAY 2011 Although I have always had a love of animals, I also have a fear of creepy crawlies. So when I left England, I was certain I would not be setting foot inside a jungle or rainforest. That soon changed after my first trip to Parque Metropolitano in Panama. I found myself spending every weekend in the rainforest, and after encountering various creepy crawlies, I am pleased to say I have conquered my fear. Please note, all the animals in these photographs are wild unless otherwise stated. Mammals:

Agouti - Gamboa Rainforest
Agouti – Gamboa Rainforest
Three toed sloth - Parque Metropolitano
Three toed sloth high up in a tree  – Parque Metropolitano
Three Toed Sloth - Red Frog Beach
Three Toed Sloth – Red Frog Beach
Oppossum - Isla Taboga Rainforest
Opossum – During a night hike at Isla Taboga Rainforest
Cappuchin Monkey - Gamboa Rainforest during a boat trip on the lake.
Cappuchin Monkey – Gamboa Rainforest during a boat trip on Lake Gamboa.
These cappuchins were very keen to steal our food.
These cappuchins were very keen to steal our food.
Geoffroy's Tamarin Monkey - Gamboa Lake
Geoffroy’s Tamarin Monkey – Gamboa Lake
Feeding cappuchins - Gamboa Lake
Feeding cappuchins – Gamboa Lake
Feeding Tamarins (They love banana) - Gamboa Lake
Feeding Tamarins (They love banana) – Gamboa Lake

 

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This little night monkey joined us for lunch at the floating lodge on Gamboa Lake.

 

Birds

Blue Crowned Mot Mot - At a B & B near Gamboa Rainforest.
Blue Crowned Mot Mot – At a B & B near Gamboa Rainforest.
Hummingbird - Rainforest Discovery Centre, Gamboa
Hummingbird – Rainforest Discovery Centre, Panama.
Hummingbirds - Rainforest Discovery Centre, Gamboa
Hummingbirds – Rainforest Discovery Centre, Panama.

Reptiles

Red Headed Gecko - Parque Metropolitano
Red Headed Gecko – Parque Metropolitano, Panama.

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A gecko living on my balcony in Panama City.
A gecko living on my balcony in Panama City.
Gecko - Isla Taboga Rainforest
Gecko – Isla Taboga Rainforest.
A gecko took a liking to my drink.
A gecko took a liking to my sweet drink.
And even more geckos! Yes, Panama had a lot of geckos!
And even more geckos…….
...Panama had a lot of geckos!
…Yes, Panama had a lot of geckos! They certainly kept the mosquito’s in check.
Green Parrot Snake - Parque Metropolitano
Green Parrot Snake – Parque Metropolitano, Panama.
Bothrops Asper (I spotted him in a hollowed out tree trunk) - Gamboa Rainforest
Bothrops Asper (I spotted him in a hollowed out tree trunk) – Gamboa Rainforest.
During a canoe night safari we spotted and caught a spectacled caiman on the lake.
During a night safari in a dug out canoe we spotted and caught a spectacled caiman on the lake. We set him free of course after this photograph was taken
Iguana basking in the sun - Isla Taboga Rainforest
Iguana basking in the sun – Isla Taboga Rainforest.
Iguana living by the sea - Isla Taboga Rainforest
Iguana living by the sea – Isla Taboga.
The Iguana Project - Panama. This rescue centre helps to protect iguanas in Panama.
The Iguana Project – Panama. This rescue centre helps to protect iguanas in Panama.
Even more rescued iguanas at the Iguana Project - Panama
Even more rescued iguanas at the Iguana Project – Panama.

Amphibians

Cane Toad - Isla Taboga, Panama
Cane Toad – Isla Taboga, Panama
Tungara Frog - Living outside the B & B in Gamboa.
Tungara Frog – Living outside the B & B in Gamboa.
The Tungara Frog - Gamboa
The Tungara Frog – Isla Taboga Rainforest. These frogs lived outside my b&b and kept me awake all night! Watch the video to find out why.

 

Red Frog - Red Frog Beach
Red Frog – Red Frog Beach
Red Frog - Red Frog Beach
Red Frog – Red Frog Beach
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog - Isla Taboga Rainforest
Green and Black Poison Dart Frog – Isla Taboga Rainforest

Creepy Crawlies

Red Rump Tarantula - Isla Taboga Rainforest during a night hike.
Red Rump Tarantula – Isla Taboga Rainforest during a night hike.
Leafcutter Ants
Leaf cutter Ants
A trail of leaf cutter ants - Parque Metropolitano, Panama
A trail of leaf cutter ants – Parque Metropolitano, Panama
Giant Millipede - Panama
Giant Millipede – Panama
Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider - Red Frog Beach
Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider – Red Frog Beach
Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider - Isla Taboga Rainforest
Golden Silk Orb Weaver Spider – Isla Taboga Rainforest
Moth - Found in my apartment in Panama City
Moth – Found in my apartment in Panama City. As I opened my wardrobe, he swooped down. He was so big I thought it was a bird.
Stick Insect - Parque Metropolitano
Stick Insect – Parque Metropolitano, Panama.
Scorpion - Isla Taboga Rainforest
Scorpion – Isla Taboga Rainforest.
I have no idea what this is, but he was pretty big!
I have no idea what this is, but he was pretty big!
Ant - Parque Metropolitano Rainforest
Ant – Parque Metropolitano Rainforest, Panama. A US quarter is about the same size as a 10p coin. This gives an idea of how big these ants are.

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