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This is not a pizote (nor a pesote… and it might not even be a martilla)


Hugo is the head cook, handyman, and trail blazer at San Ramón. He’s been smoking for over 50 years (he said he started when he was seven), calls his cigarettes ‘mi agua’ on long hikes, and put us to shame whenever on such a hike. On top of displaying extreme elegance with a machete in the field (we referred to him as the ‘Manchete’ [Man + Machete]), Hugo is a phenomenal cook and naturalist. That said, I may have found a fault… he mis-identified the picture here as a pizote when looking at the picture through my camera’s LCD. I took his word for it, since I wasn’t aware that pesote is the Spanish name for Coati. After being laughed at in a lab at UCR, some student identified the mammal as a Martilla. Who knew a sixty-some year old man would have trouble looking at a picture on a 2″ camera screen…

A new Osa cichlid

We may have found a new cichild species for the Osa during a trip to Rio Claro.  The book Mike used for identification appeared to recognize only one cichlid as inhabiting the Osa, and picture are two distinct species we caught in Rio Claro. I currently don’t have their full IDs, but I believe the one on the right is A. sajica, which was previously known from Osa.A. sajica

A couple of birds

I haven’t seen all that many birds yet and I’ve captured even fewer with photographs, likely because I am usually preoccupied with ground dwelling herps. Here are two that I’ve gotten photographs of though. One is a fly catcher that I have yet to identify (mostly because I’m writing in a bed and the bird book is in the closet…. I guess I’ll call it a Great Kiskadee, although it’s a bit small for that), and the other is a Cherries tanager. Maybe I can get some help on the identifications… Update – it´s a great kiskadee…lame.




monstrego-9-25-2008-10-31-30Monstrego, my male red ear slider (Trachemys scripta elegans), comes up to breath in his 55-g tank.   Monstrego and Barzini are currently in the same tank, and Monstrego is constantly courting Barzini, although I haven’t seen him successfully breed this year.  Barzini has laid three clutches that I’m aware of, none of which  had any hatchlings emerge.  Luckily though, these turtles can live upwards of 30 years if well cared for, and both of mine are about six.  I’ll get a hatchling one of these times…