The Travel Guide to the Peninsula de Nicoya, Costa Rica, with detailed Maps, Hotels and Tourist Information

Animals of the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica


Both of the two species of iguanas are commonly seen on the Nicoya Peninsula:

The Green Iguana on the right picture can become up to 2 metres long which makes it the largest iguana in America. Besides vegetables they also eat insects, small animals and carrion.

Green Iguana Baby

To the left is a green iguana in his childhood

Black Iguana

The brownish-grey Black Iguanas are vegetarians. Costa Ricans call them garrobos or gallina de palo - tree chicken in English - because their meat is said to taste like chicken.

Gecko Costa Rica

Geckos are cute little room mates and very useful as they chase a lot of insects.

Gecko eggs

Don't move lizard or gecko eggs which you find hidden in shelves or corners. Once touched or moved around they will not hatch any more.