Showing posts from August, 2012

Bullfrog update: Interdepartmental collaboration

For those of you following the progress of our Bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) after his recent leg surgery .... He is holding steady, eating regularly and beginning to act like a Bullfrog again. He is not completely out of the woods yet, but if attitude means anything, his prospects looks good. On Tuesday, 'Romeo' as he was named by Val (his original rescuer and Curator of Aquatic Ponds) underwent his second surgery to attempt to heal his poor leg. This time, staff and volunteers from the Conservatory, Conservation and Horticulture departments all contributed to Romeo's recovery (photos by Julia Rittenhouse).

Captive breeding update: Our first San Jose Cochran frog out of the water!

One of the many things I love about my job is learning about these amazing species first hand, and some of these 'lessons' take quite a while. This is certainly the case with these little Panamanian Glass frogs tadpoles (Cochranella euknemos), the first of which has metamorphosed after a year and a half in the water!

Our first San Jose Cochran Frog metamorphs!

Yesterday was a big day in the Amphibian Conservation Program with the metamorphosis of our first Cochranella euknemos froglet! They hatched over a year and a half ago and we have been patiently caring for the bright pink tadpoles in the frogPOD since that time.

Volunteer helps one of our Garden bullfrogs in need ...

Frogs — being an important part of our ecosystem — are a favorite food for a host of natural predators such as birds, turtles, snakes and even other frogs. The Bullfrogs inhabiting the various outdoor aquatic ponds at the Garden are no different, and this week one of our favorite Bullfrogs from the Aquatic Plant Pond almost fell prey to an unknown predator! He was found Thursday morning with one of its hind legs bitten almost completely off.

This particular Bullfrog gained some popularity last August when it became the Garden's first V.I.F. (to quote Val, the amazing Curator of Aquatic Plants). Last year, he displayed some very un-frog-like qualities when he actually came when called and took hand-fed crickets, but nothing topped when it swam up and jumped onto Dante's hand! (to see last year's blog post, including a video click here)

Val carefully captured the V.I.F., and together with Gene, a volunteer in the horticulture department (and local physician) we set out to me…

It's great to be back!

It has been a busy summer here in the amphibian program. For me, it was hard to be gone for the entire month of June, and then again for another week last week at IHS.

Here are some recent pictures of some of the frogs I missed so much while I was gone, many of which are currently in breeding groups for the summer...