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Station 10:
The Creepers


Continue the trail until you leave Uvita, you will come across a tangle of vegetation. These are the creepers.

sendero pedasi
sendero isla iguana

Rastreras are the most common type of vegetation on Isla Iguana

Creepers grow faster than most plants. In addition, they are  adapted  a  environments  arid, with very little water, which is the primary characteristic of the climate and geography of Isla Iguana; there is little or no water for several months of the year.  These features allow them to quickly take over sites that have been severely hacked. They began to dominate the island when the bombing ended. Minsin  Espino  He told us that it was difficult for them to keep the areas they used clean .

Once Minsín withdrew from the island, in 1972, the creepers dominated the landscape and can be seen from the boat around the entire island. Today they are killing the few remaining trees from the era of Minsín and Gringa.

vegetacion isla iguana

The creepers reach various heights and have colonized all habitats and types of vegetation, such as wooded areas, palm groves and banana plantations.

flores isla iguana
flowers isla iguana

Some species are  thick and form tangles that can only be penetrated by reptiles.

When the rains stop, they drop their leaves and dry up, becoming stunted.

When the rains begin, they bloom and take on various colors.

The rest of the rainy season they are painted green.

iguana island flowers
flores isla iguana

Other species without thorns color the forest at the beginning of the rains. Even the risk to  feet  of the Visitor Center, next to the House of the Park Ranger is dyed purple and green. 

boa isla iguana

It is very rare to find a Boa ( Boa constrictor ), which is the only snake on the island and is not poisonous.

It prefers to live under the nests of Earwigs ( Fregata  magnificens ) to feed on their chicks.

It no longer frequents the beaches as it did until the end of the 20th century.

This specimen had just eaten.


Diaz Villani, Marco Lisandro. 2005. Isla Iguana Wildlife Refuge: Field Guide. Illustrations by María Gabriella Díaz de Restrepo and Juan Sucre. 2a  Edison. Panama: Post Depot Press. 70 pages. 593.6 D542.

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