Jumping Ship on the Penas Blancas River
One notably bold move in my recent Costa Rican adventure: My guide on a wildlife-watching river float pulled over to shore, leaped onto the bank, thrashed around in the more than knee-deep lush green tangle, and came back to the raft holding a poison dart frog.
These brilliant little creatures are actually poison to touch. It's not just a name. ("The Strawberry Poison-dart frog is not known to be lethal to man, but its skin secretions may have unpredictable effects on humans. … The most lethal animal toxin known belongs to a (related) frog (Phyllobates terribilis)…; poison from a single individual can kill twenty thousand mice or ten adult humans.")
River guide Moises proceeded to let the thing scoot around on his arm, then thoroughly washed off in the river.
I was still reacting to the fact that he'd jumped into that tall grass on a riverbank where boas and the like have been known to appear.
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