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Pictures from the fauna in Costa RicaRed-eyed leaf (tree) frog and Baby sloth.

Red-Eyed Leaf Frog in Costa Rica
Red-Eyed Leaf (Tree) Frog in Costa Rica.

Red-eyed leaf frogs (Agalychnis callidryas) inhabit areas near rivers and ponds in rainforests in Central America. In Costa Rica, they are found more prominently on the Caribbean coast. The red-eyed leaf frogs are a common species in most of its range and are not threatened. However, their habitat is shrinking at a fast rate, and their highly recognizable image is often used to promote the cause of saving the world's rain forests. The red-eyed feaf frog is probably the single-most photographed amphibian species in the world.

Like most other frogs, red-eyes eat crickets, moths, flies, and other insects or invertebrates. They spend a large part of their life in trees.

Baby sloth in Costa Rica
Baby sloth (Bradypus variegatus) in Costa Rica. 

The sloth is a slow-moving mammal that lives in trees in the jungles of Central and South America. Sloths spend most of their lives hanging upside-down from tree branches. The bulk of their diet consists mostly of buds, tender shoots, and leaves. Some sloths may stay in the same tree for years.

Sloths are nocturnal. They belong to two species: the Bradypodidae ("three-toed sloths") and the Megalonychidae ("two-toed sloths") which have in fact three toes (at each leg) but only two fingers (at each arm).


 

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