Agalychnis callidryas Gaudy!You probably remember me mentioning the beautiful sound of the Saban tree frogs in previous posts. These elusive little creatures are legendary in the Caribbean as providers of bedtime lullaby, while tourists sometimes lie awake and wonder what that sound is! The tree frogs are part of what I love about the aliveness of living in the Caribbean – so close to nature, teeming with sounds, smells and sights that embrace Mother Earth. Whenever I return to the US, I feel much less connected to this dynamic force of nature, so unusually quiet, so far from the soil and the wildlife.

Elusive Tree Frogs
Joel and I would often crave the sight of a tree frog up close in Saba – and once or twice (we have the pictures to prove it!) we actually saw one. Unfortunately, rather than coming across the tree frog in it’s natural habitat, our tree frog sightings consisted of a wayward chap trying to get out of a bad situation – somehow trapped in a cottage with two big creatures jabbering and flashing strong light in its face. Needless to say, our pictures are pretty lame – frog on a cushion, frog on the cottage floor. You’d hardly want to link to that post to see it!

Now You See Them!
As I searched the web for photos of tree frogs to send you to, I could never find any…until now! Right under our own noses in Saba, John Magor and Lynn Costenaro have just returned from Costa Rica with all kinds of pictures, tree frogs included! First, you should know that Lynn and John are owners of Sea Saba, Advanced Dive Cener – our favorite dive operation on the island – click here for dive trip reports to learn more about our underwater adventures!

John Magor, Photographer & Dive Shop Owner Extraordinaire
John, an accomplished photographer in his own right (National Geographic, for example), was behind the amazing photographs of Saba, including underwater and above water shots that line the Sea Saba shop. Sometimes, Joel and I would go in just to marvel at the photographs, amazed that John could capture what we ourselves had never even had the pleasure to see! Well, this time, John captured the tree frogs – and they are amazing! Lynn and John gave us permission to share them with you because – well, I think they felt a bit sorry for our lack of photography skills and wanted you to really see what tree frogs looked like! :)


Agallychnis calcarifer SpleAgalychnis callidryasHyla Rufitela Red webbed tree frog

To see more photographs — and get information on Saban & Costa Rican tree frogs, click here.

Upcoming Photography Exhibit
John’s photographs are being shown at the Peanut Gallery this weekend – an art gallery in Saba. If you happen to be there, check them out! If not, you can always find John’s work adorning the walls of Sea Saba, for a little preview of your dive adventures to come. I asked Lynn if armchair travelers or lovers of nature could purchase these pictures online and was pleasantly surprised to hear that you can!


Cochranella granulosa GrainHyla Ebraccata

Always Learning
Now you know why we love Sea Saba – Lynn and John always make sure we get the most out of our experience. We learn something both on our dive trips, back at the store and on the Sea Saba website. Funny how Joel and I bought that big fish identification book, which while we love it, has not taught us a fraction of what we’ve learned from just looking at John’s photographs, with accompanying descriptions from Lynn. By the way, while Lynn could tell you the scientific names of these frogs, John has taken artistic license and dubbed them JLB, for “jumpy little bastards!”

Want Photographs of Your Own?
Order your photos today by contacting Lynn at Sea Saba: lynn@seasaba.com

All images ©John Magor Photography and Sea Saba Dive Center or as otherwise noted. No image to be used for any purpose or in any format without permission. Quality prints on archive standard paper available $30-$50, size dependent. High resolution digital images on a contract basis only. Contact Lynn for permission and procedures.

P.S. Don’t tell anyone I didn’t even know what color the tree frogs were before! It’s our secret.

  • Permission for use of frog photographs on Live.YourCaribbeanDream.com granted by John Magor and Lynn Costenaro.
  • Permission for use of image of John Magor and Seneca given by Seneca. Well, we took her bark to mean yes anyway!


John & Seneca at Fort Bay