Don't find these often... always hiding under something. #herps#anurans
Apreciar las pequeñas perfecciones de la naturaleza es un lujo, cuidarlas un compromiso; ahora sé y estoy seguro que no me equivoqué al elegir esta hermosa carrera.
En la foto se puede observar un ejemplar de Hylomantis lemur =(Agalychnis lemur) ocurrido en la comunidad de La Rica (P.N General de Divisón Omar Torrijos Herrera), prov. de Coclé, Panamá. Durante una gira de campo realizada hace algunos meses atrás. #Biology#Frogs#Anurans#Hylidae
While out fruit fly trapping today a construction worker stopped me and asked if I was looking for #DartFrogs . He claims there is a population of introduced, Colombian, arboreal #Dendrobates in North Florida. Every legend has a grain of truth so I started looking for #frogs . I realize I'm on heightened alert but what species is this? I don't know my #Anurans that well. I do know it's not a Dendrobatid tho! Anyone hear of this before??
Crawfish frog #ranaareolata found calling while doing research at the #attwaterprairiechickennationalwildliferefuge . These frogs are explosive breeders that on the #Texas coastal plain can call almost any time of year except the hottest parts of the summer. When not calling they spend their time in abandoned crawfish burrows which they modify to suit their needs.
Harlequin poison frog (Oophaga histrionica). Chocó, Colombia. November 22, 2017.
Ever since I started learning about and breeding dendrobatids (poison dart frogs) about 8 years ago, I have thought that O. histrionica is the most beautiful species of frog on the planet. Naturally, I ranked it among my top herps to see in the wild. I’ve literally dreamt about finding this species for years. A few weeks ago, that dream became a reality in one of the most remote locations in all of South America. It took 4 full days of hiking up muddy montañitas in torrential downpours, but I’d do it all over again tomorrow if I could. Although this species isn’t as imperiled as many other tropical frogs, I have a very rational fear that my own children will not be able to experience the joy and thrill of finding harlequin poison frogs (or any other dendrobatids, for that matter) in the wild. Hell, they may not even be around when I go back 10 years from now. The sad truth is that we are polluting and uprooting the only kinds of habitat that these precious miracles of evolution can survive in. And, whether you like it or not, O. histrionica is not just some pretty red frog that a niche group of weirdos like to find and photograph—they play an integral role in the rainforest understory. The alarm clock is ringing, people. It’s time to wake up.
I totally forgot to share this awesomeness that happened several weeks ago. Got to hang out with some Wyoming Toads (Anaxyrus baxteri), which are one of the most - if not THE most - endangered amphibian species in North America. We have a facility at UWyo that houses them for rehabilitation/release efforts across the state!
I'll say it once, and I'll say it again: I love chunky monkey amphibians. #toads#wyomingtoads#anurans#anura#amphibians#awesomeness#chunky#endangered#adorable#wyoming