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Sachatamia albomaculata, the White-spotted Glass Frog. Here is a male guarding recently laid eggs. Some #glassfrog species are atypical in their #parentalcare and actually tend to their eggs - keeping them moist and defending then from predators. #Centrolenidae #Sachatamia #Sachatamiaalbomaculata #frogsofpanama #frogsneedourhelp #frogsofinstagram #captivebred #captivebreeding

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Cochranella euknemos, the Slope-snouted Glass Frog today in the #frogPOD One of the most beautiful #glassfrog species, this frog was collected from Panama in 2005 as part of an effort to rescue amphibians from the emergent infectious disease - #chytrid fungus which devastated 85% of the amphibians from that region. #arcc #AmphibianArk #amphibianrescue #amphibiansofinstagram #amphibianconservation #Cochranellaeuknemos #Cochranella #Centrolenidae

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Found this beautiful Slimy Salamander (Plethodon glutinosus) a moment ago at #ClydeShepherdNaturePreserve at their 20th Anniversary Celebration. Clyde Shepherd is one of my favorite sites in Atlanta, and a great place to find amphibians. It is also one of the sites we monitor for our Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program #maamp

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Cruziohyla craspedopus, the Fringed Leaf Frog from #Peru. A spectacular species from the sub family of Leaf and Monkey Frogs | #Phyllomedusinae #Cruziohyla #Cruziohylacraspedopus #captivebred #captivebreeding #frogsneedourhelp #FrogLab

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Here is a rare species - Hemisus marmoratus, a neat little termite specialist called the Marbled Snout-burrower. This African Frog species has a specially modified tongue which can grasp termites and transport them into the mouth #Hemisus #hemisusmarmoratus #Hemistotidae #frogfeeding

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Critically endangered Lemur Leaf Frog, Agalychnis lemur. Showing nocturnal coloration in the #FrogLab today. Lemur Leaf Frogs change color each evening to a dark reddish brown. During the day they are a bright green to aid in blending in with the leaves they sleep under - an excellent hiding spot and #camouflage Agalychnis lemur is critically endangered, with numbers still declining throughout #CostaRica and #Panama. #Endangeredspecies #Endangered #criticallyendangered #Agalychnis #Agalychnislemur #Phyllomedusinae

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The same Granular Glass Frog from the video a moment ago. He was particularly photogenic today, but it is hard to take a bad photo of #glassfrog Semi-transparent Glass Frogs allow light and color to pass through which can aid in #camouflage ... The frog pictured here actually turned towards the camera as I was shooting. #Cochranella #Cochranellagranulosa #Centrolenidae #takemypicture #kermit #kermitface

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Cochranella granulosa, the Granular Glass Frog this morning in the Amphibian Conservation Program. A while back, our #glassfrogs were featured on a PBS show called Unusual Creatures. It's a great show by Michael Hearst @unusualcreatures and you can watch the episode here: https://youtu.be/jdt3dRalAVs #Cochranellagranulosa #Cochranella #Centrolenidae #glassfrogsinthemedia

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Brand new baby Blue-sided (Yellow-eyed) Leaf Frog - Agalychnis annae. #Agalychnisannae is a critically endangered species from Costa Rica. Very excited that our first metamorphs are coming out if the water now. #Agalychnis #Phyllomedusinae #captivebreeding #captivebred

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Cruziohyla calcarifer, the Splendid Leaf Frog in the #froglab tonight. All of the beautiful #flashcolor is completely hidden while the frog is asleep. When it awakens one can understand how the frog gets its common name. #Cruziohylacalcarifer #Cruziohyla #Phyllomedusinae #captivebreeding #wellnamed

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Lithobates grylio, the Pig Frog. A large ranid with a comical, pig-like call. This Frog was photographed in Long Pine Key, Everglades National Park where I did for years of graduate research on amphibian community modeling #PigFrog #Lithobates #Lithobatesgrylio #Ranidae #Everglades #ENP #EvergladesNationalPark #amphibianresearch

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Frogs of Costa Rica | Agalychnis lemur, the Lemur Leaf Frog and Cochranella granulosa, the Granular Glass Frog on exhibit. Both species sleep on leaves during the day, though the #glassfrog sleeps on the tops of leaves and the #leaffrog sleeps underneath. A polite way to share a leaf. #Agalychnis #Agalychnislemur #Phyllomedusinae #Cochranella #Cochranellagranulosa #Centrolenidae #amphibianexhibit #frogsofinstagram #FrogsofCostaRica

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The #azureus morph of Dendrobates tinctorius from #Suriname is one of the most spectacular species of #poisonfrog. This morph is distinct from other variations of D. tinctorius and is all blue and lacking the yellows and blacks found in other varieties. It has an extremely small home range in the #Okipipi region of Suriname. This specific frog is on exhibit in the lobby of the Fuqua Conservatory @atlbotanical

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A male Gastrotheca cornuta, Eyelash Marsupial Frog getting ready to call. The call of the Eyelash Marsupial Frog is loud and percussive. It can be startling even if you know it's coming. To hear the call of this species, and baby others from our Amphibian Conservation Program, check out our account on Soundcloud. http://ift.tt/1UXoL9O #Gastrotheca #Gastrothecacornuta #frogsofpanama #frogsneedourhelp #amphibianrescue #amphibiansofinstagram #amphibianconservationprogram #Hemiphractidae

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Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphylum, a #glassfrog from Panama. One of the cutest frogs around, this fella resides in our #frogPOD - a state of the art biosecure facility to house rate and endangered frogs from Panama. #Hyalinobatrachiumcolymbiphylum #Hyalinobatrachium #Centrolenidae #frogsofpanama #frogsofinstagram #frogsneedourhelp

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The last known Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Tree Frog (Ecnomiohyla rabborum) in the frogPOD today. This year, he was featured in the documentary @RacingExtinction which is viewing tonight in Atlanta thanks to the #CaptainPlanet Foundation. The species disappeared from its native habitat in Central Panama nearly ten years ago, primarily due to infection from the emergent infectious disease #chytridfungus #Ecnomiohyla #Ecnomiohylarabborum #Panama #Panamaamphibians #chytrid #frogPOD #amphibianconservation

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Cochranella granulosa, the Granular Glass Frog on exhibit in our Frogs of Costa Rica display. They just keep striking these amazing poses so I have no choice but to shoot more pictures. #glamourfrog #glassfrog #Cochranella #cochranellagranulosa #Centrolenidae #amphibianexhibit

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Pigment curiosity in an Anole from Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary, FL

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The typical coloration for a Green Anole ranges from the richest and brightest of greens to the darkest of browns, with little variation in between. The color spectrum is a result of three layers of pigment cells or chromatophores: the xanthophores, responsible for the yellow pigmentation; cyanophores, responsible for the blue pigmentation, and melanophores, responsible for the brown and black pigmentation when the background is other than green and the anole changes color to camouflage itself. In bright light, against foliage, it appears emerald in colour, but in shadier, cool or moist conditions grey to olive brown. However the colour change is not simply a matter of matching background, but rather body temperature, stress and activity. Green reflects activity and bright light, whereas brown reflects reduced activity in moist, dark cool conditions. A lack in one of the pigment genes causes color exceptions. These color mutations are also called phases. The rare blue-phased green an…

Estrogen, shrubbery, and the sex ratio of suburban frogs -- ScienceDaily

Estrogen in suburban yards is changing the ratio of male and female green frogs at nearby ponds, a new study shows. Higher levels of estrogen in areas where there are shrubs, vegetable gardens, and manicured lawns are disrupting frogs' endocrine systems, according to the study.
Estrogen, shrubbery, and the sex ratio of suburban frogs -- ScienceDaily

Agalychnis spurelli, the Gliding Leaf Frog is a wonderful, interesting and beautiful phyllomedusine from Costa Rica. We have been given the opportunity to work with this species through our collaboration with the #Vivarium at the Manchester Museum and @adamwbland #Agalychnis #Agalychnisspurelli #Phyllomedusinae #leaffrog #glidingfrog

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Granular Glass Frog, Cochranella granulosa in the #FrogLab today. #Cochranellagranulosa #Cochranella #Centrolenidae #glassfrog #cuteoff #frogsneedourhelp #frogsofinstagram

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Agalychnis lemur, the Lemur Leaf Frog is a beautiful phyllomedusine (Leaf and Monkey Frogs) from Central America. This individual is from Costa Rican stock and part of our amphibian conservation breeding program. #Agalychnis #Agalychnislemur #Phyllomedusinae #leaffrog #captivebreeding #captivebred #amphibiansofinstagram #amphibianconservation

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Mythical #Bathysiredon Salamander beast. Pencil with Pen & Ink. #illustration #illustrations #scientificillustration #imaginary #imaginarycreatures

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There is a huge angry Black Racer (Coluber constrictor) in my salamander trap! This was a while back in Western Mass, but it was also quite a surprise that morning expecting to find Marbled Salamanders and finding this instead. After freeing the serpent, it chased me around for a while and then shot up a tree. Amazing climber. #funneltrap #amphibianmonitoring #Ambystoma #Ambystomaopacum #Coluberconstrictor #Coluber

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Phyllobates terribilis, the Golden Poison Frog from Colombia is one of the most lethal organisms on the planet. The toxic secretions in this frog's skin are poisonous enough to kill more than a few adult humans - just by touching the frog. In captivity however, Poison Frogs are harmless. They derive their toxin from their diet, sequestering compounds from their prey to make a super poison. In captivity, without access to the invertebrates from their native range, these frogs lose their toxicity. Despite being lethal in the wild, Golden Poison Frogs struggle with the causes of the global amphibian declines and are an endangered species. #toxin #toxicity #poisonfrog #Phyllobates #Phyllobatesterribilis #frogsneedourhelp #FrogsofColombia #Dendrobatidae #yellowfrog #FrogsofInstagram

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White-spotted Glass Frog, Sachatamia albomaculata from Panama. #Centrolenidae #Sachatamiaalbomaculata #Sachatamia #glassfrog We have a new clutch of eggs right now in the #froglab

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Recently metamorphosed Carolina Gopher Frog, Lithobates capito | Georgia's rarest frog species. We released the last 63 Gopher Frogs from our collaborative head-start program today. Many of the released frogs immediately left the wetlands and started heading into the uplands. From there they disappeared under leaves and detritus, or jumped down into holes dug by some other critter. They seemed to really know what to do with their first moments of freedom. #Lithobatescapito #Lithobates #gopherfrog #headstart

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Recently metamorphosed Carolina Gopher Frog, Lithobates capito | Georgia's rarest frog species. We released the last 63 Gopher Frogs from our collaborative head-start program today. Many of the released frogs immediately left the wetlands and started heading into the uplands. From there they disappeared under leaves and detritus, or jumped down into holes dug by some other critter. They seemed to really know what to do with their first moments of freedom. #Lithobatescapito #Lithobates #gopherfrog #headstart

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The last batch of this year's head-started Gopher Frogs was released today into their protected ephemeral wetland in Early County, GA. This metamorph pictured here is in the reflection of the Long Leaf Pine habitat in which it lives. #Lithobates #Lithobatescapito #Ranidae #headstart #ephemeralwetlands #ephemeralwetland #obligateephemeralwetlandbreeder #OEWB

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A pair of Cruziohyla craspedopus, Fringed Leaf Frogs sharing a Leaf today on exhibit in the Conservatory lobby. #Cruziohyla #Cruziohylacraspedopus #Phyllomedusa #Phyllomedusinae #Hylidae #leaffrog #sharingiscaring #sleepingtogether

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Cochranella granulosa, the Granular Glass Frog on exhibit today in the Conservatory lobby. #cochranellagranulosa #Cochranella #glassfrog #Centrolenidae

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Carolina Gopher Frog, Lithobates capito is Georgia's rarest frog, with only a few remaining populations left in the state. We have been working with collaborators at Zoo Atlanta, UGA, Jones Ecological Research Center and GA DNR to head-start Gopher Frogs for the past 7 years. Each year, eggs are collected, hatched and raised through metamorphosis. Then, they are released into perfected habitat in south Georgia. The Gopher Froglet pictured here will be taken to the release site tomorrow morning. Hundreds of young Gopher Frogs have been released this year. #amphibianconservation #headstart #head-start #lithobatescapito #Ranidae #gopherfrog

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The Black-eyed Leaf Frog, Agalychnis moreletti creeping in the leaf tops. #agalychnismoreletii #Agalychnis #Phyllomedusinae #leaffrog #frogstealth

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White-spotted Glass Frog, Sachatamia albomaculata is a beautiful centrolenid from #Panama. The frog pictured here was born in the #frogPOD and is the offspring of parents collected during an expedition to Panama in 2005. The project, initiated by @zooatl , @atlbotanical and #evacc was designed to rescue frogs and conserve the biodiversity of central Panama which at the time was threatened by the deadly chytrid fungus. Chytrid fungus reduced the amphibian population in that region by 85% #Sachatamiaalbomaculata #Sachatamia #Centrolenidae #glassfrog #captivebreeding #amphibianconservation

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The critically endangered Blue-sided Leaf Frog (Agalychnis annae) is a beautiful species. It has a second common name - the Yellow Eye Leaf Frog. It is a spectacular frog by any name. #Agalychnis #Agalychnisannae #Phyllomedusinae #leaffrog #endangeredspecies #criticallyendangered

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Agalychnis lemur, the Lemur Leaf Frog is a critically endangered species from Central America. The frog pictured here is descended from Costa Rican frogs and now is part of our conservation collection. We have been working with this species since the 90's and have bred and donated over 400 Lemur Leaf Frogs to various institutions for research, education and establishing captive assurance colonies. A Lemur Leaf Frog from our Panamanian collection was recently featured on the @natgeo Instagram page! #Agalychnislemur #captivebreeding #amphibianrescue #amphibianconservationprogram #amphibianconservation #Agalychnis #Phyllomedusinae

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Frogs of the Amazon exhibit - Mimic Poison Frog, Ranitomeya imitator and the Fringed Leaf Frog, Cruziohyla craspedopus on display this morning in the Conservatory lobby. #sympatric #sympatricspecies #amphibianexhibit #amphibianexhibitdesigns #amazon #Amazonfrogs #Dendrobatidae #Phyllomedusinae #Cruziohyla #cruziohylacraspedopus These two species exhibit quite well, despite the fact that (in theory) Fringed Leaf Frogs can easily eat several Mimic Poison Frogs. In practice, the two species get along fine and are on opposite photoperiods.

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Agalychnis spurelli, the Gliding Leaf Frog is a beautiful, unique species of #leaffrog . We have been working with this species as part of a collaboration with the #Vivarium at the Manchester Museum. Most frogs have a third 'eyelid' or membrane known as the nictating membrane. It extends up from the lower eyelid and offers protection to the frog's eyes. In some cases, like here with the Gliding Leaf Frog, the nictating membrane can camouflage the eye itself while the frog sleeps. This allows the frog to remain vigilant while resting. The nictating membrane of the frogs in the family of Leaf and Monkey Frogs #Phyllomedusinae can be quite spectacular. #Agalychnisspurelli #Agalychnis #nictatingmembrane #camouflage

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Phyllomedusa bicolor, the Giant Monkey Frog. Pen and Ink. #illustration #scientificillustration #penandink #sciart #Phyllomedusa #Phyllomedusinae #phyllomedusabicolor

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Cruziohyla craspedopus, the Fringed Leaf Frog in the Amphibian Research and Breeding Lab. Fringed Leaf Frogs are a poorly understood species, in part due to the fact that they rarely if ever come down from the forest canopy. Conservation Status: in decline #Cruziohyla #Cruziohylacraspedopus #Phyllomedusinae #amphibianconservation #amphibianconservationprogram #frogsneedourhelp #salamandersneedourhelp #atlantabotanicalgardenconservation #Endangeredspecies

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Lemur Leaf Frogs, the frogPOD and our Amphibian Conservation Program featured on National Geographic's Instagram feed!