That night, after doing a zip line through the canopy of the rain forest during the afternoon, we met up with one of Mario's friends named Josh who manages a research station run by the Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rain Forest Conservation. As part of his research there, he took us out to search and count for caiman. Caiman are like small crocs that live in the rain forest wetlands.
To find them, we looked for their eye-shine with a flashlight and it didn't take long to find a bunch of babies. Josh even picked one up and let us hold it (with him supervising of course!).
After we left the babies, we found a larger one that Josh went over and grabbed so he could examine it. While he had it out of the water he told us all about it. Later that night we saw an Annulated Tree Boa snake, which Josh had been hoping to find for a long time. He made a bag out of his shirt so that he could bring it with him back to the research station to take some photos. Stefan and I told him the GPS coordinates of the tree we found the boa in so that Josh could put the snake back in the same tree when he was done studying it.
The next day we went on a canal tour with Mario and the first thing we saw was a very colorful bird called a Rufescent Tiger Heron. We saw a bunch of other cool birds and turtles, but the best part was seeing a river otter eating a crab and playing in the water. During the afternoon we went back out exploring on the canals, but this time in a canoe. We ended up seeing lots of spider monkeys and cool looking white-faced capuchins.
For our last night in the rain forest, we went on to the beach to see if we could find any turtles coming up to lay their eggs on the beach. By August, thousands of green sea turtles will come to this beach to lay their eggs. But we saw nothing, so we went on another walk through the forest. There we saw more red-eyed tree frogs, some insects shedding their shells, and some cool reptiles. One of the coolest ones we saw in the rain forest was what they call the Jesus Christ lizard, because it runs on water. We didn't see them run on water, but they're really cool to see run on land too.
Now we said goodbye to Mario and next we're going to check out a cloud forest. So, that's all for this blog.