HOWLER MONKEY: It is said that the call of a howler monkey can be heard for 3-4 miles even through the thick tropical forest.
TABASCO PEPPER PLANT: This type of hot pepper is what’s used to make the famous Tabasco® Sauce. Peppers mature from yellow-green to orange to red and have a unique, smoky flavor that contributes to Tabasco’s distinctive taste.
MAGPIE JAY: Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
GREAT WHITE HERON: The Great White Heron flies slowly but powerfully: with just two wingbeats per second their cruising speed is around 25 miles an hour. Though it mainly hunts while wading, the Great Egret occasionally swims to capture prey or hovers (somewhat laboriously) over the water and dips for fish.
PLUMERIA: It is generally thought that plumerias are native to South & Central America although some reports claim they are native to the Caribbean and were taken to the Americas by Spanish priests.
PARROT SNAKE: The parrot snake is a slender, emerald green, non-venomous snake with a large, triangular head. It is an extremely agile breed with aggressive hunting skills that feeds on small animals or insects in its habitat.
PINE CONE GINGER: This plant is most widely known around the world as the “Shampoo Ginger” for the milky substance in the cones, and it is in fact used as a shampoo in Asia and Hawaii, and as an ingredient in several commercial shampoos.
PEACOCK: Nicaragua National Zoo, Masaya, Nicaragua
CACAO: The seeds of the cacao plant are used to make cocoa powder and chocolate.
CAPUCHIN MONKEYS: Ometepe Island, Nicaragua
HALLOWEEN MOON CRAB: Moon crabs are considered scavengers and will eat both plant and animal matter including leaves, seeds, fruit, and fish. They will also climb trees in search of food.
CHOCOYO PARROTS: The Chocoyo Parrot (Half-Moon Conure) is a common household pet in Nicaragua, just as common as a cat or dog in North America. They enjoy mimicking a variety of sounds and will bob their heads and dilate their eyes when they are happy to see you.
CANE TOAD: The cane toad is active at night. They hide in crevices, niches and depressions during the day, to avoid predators. They are ravenous predators themselves, with a reputation for eating anything that can fit in their mouth. Natural prey includes insects like ants, honeybees, lizards, frogs, worms and beetles.
Hey there! We're Gordon and Elisha -- a Canadian couple who is living and loving life in San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua. Together we created this blog so we could share our Nicaraguan expat experience with you.