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Animals in Costa Rica, Nicoya Peninsula


Crocodile Costa Rica

Two types of crocodilians live in Costa Rica: in estuaries and wetlands near the coast the crocodile can be found, while inland, in lowland swamps and streams the much smaller caiman makes its carnivore living.
The crocodiles found in Central America are larger than some other crocodile species, with some males reaching lengths of 6.1 metres. They also swim out into the open sea in search for food.


Costa Rican law prohibits the shooting of crocodiles, so when they become a threat to humans, most animals are transferred to the Tarcoles river, south of Puntarenas. There you can watch groups of really huge crocodiles from atop, standing on the Tarcoles bridge.