I report from Quepos, near Manuel Antonio National Park, one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica. As you might imagine, the place is silly with vendors and shops selling all manner of trinkets and tchotkes: t-shirts, postcards, carvings, you name it. And befitting Costa Rica’s ecotourist slant, much of this merchandise has a wildlife theme. Red-eyed tree frogs, sea turtles, toucans, geckoniform lizards—I’m sick of them all. I’ve searched high and low, through every shop and stall, here and elsewhere, and there is not a single anole-themed product to be found. Imagine the money to be made: slender anole postcards, elegant painted carvings of A. biporcatus. I’m sure I’m not the only ecotourist here thirsting after a little anoline piece of Costa Rica to take home as a beloved keepsake. Herpetological entrepeneurs, get to it!
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