Showing posts from November, 2013

Species highlight: White-spotted Glass Frogs, Sachatamia albomaculata

The eggs are guarded by the parents with Sachatamia albomaculata

Species Highlight: Captive Breeding of Fringed Leaf Frogs

Adult female on exhibit  Baby Fringed Leaf Frogs are so cute. These guys are growing fast! Two pairs of Cruziohyla craspedopus in amplexus The colors show up nice on the purple leaf ... Three pairs of Fringed Leaf Frogs in amplexus, and a clutch on new eggs on the leaf below the group on the right. This setup follows, as closely as possible, the suggestions of Erik Anderson.

Frog tracks

One of the hardest to find species we have on exhibit are our Mimic Poison Frogs ( Ranitomeya imitator ).  Today, we can at least see that they were active this morning, as evidenced by their tracks across the glass under the sleeping Leaf Frog Directly under the sleeping Leaf frog ( Cruziohyla craspedopus ) you can see the Mimic Poison Frog went across the glass using it's belly as an adhesion surface. Then a second track beneath the first one reveals these frogs can transport themselves across a vertical surface using only their hands and feet!

New clutch of Cruziohyla craspedopus (Fringed Leaf Frog) Eggs!!!

Fringed Leaf Frogs are a very interesting species to work with ... I am grateful for the opportunity The breeding chamber setup of our new adults, courtesy of Erik Anderson Amazingly beautiful frogs, even when they are asleep We are excited to raise baby craspys again!

Amphibian Program Volunteer Field Trip to Arabia Mountain

A great turnout and a great time for this season's Amphibian Volunteer Field Trip today to Arabia Mountain. Back row: Stephen Mottram, Kirill Chernoff, Ryan Schultz, Ed Wilson, Steve Bowling (Conservatory Staff and our guide!) Jake Hutton, Anita Wallace, Leslie Phillips (Amphibian Specialist), Chase Mandica, Megan Oliver, Walter Tunnel-Wilson. Front row: Me, Anthony Mandica, Lauren Melde (photographer: Crystal Mandica) Beautiful and interesting landscape at Arabia Mountain. Steve (Bowling) was able to teach us so much about the geology, history and botany there Anthony caught his first fence lizard ( Scoleporus ) We used a field scale to try and get a weight on the tiny lizard Cicada moult on my nose Another pic of the group

After School Class Highlights: Burgess Peterson Elementary

Me showing Corentiss J, from Burgess Peterson Elementary School some of Panamanian frogs  Most kids like frogs (I know I did) but Corentiss' fascination reminded me of ... well, me!