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Larval Tiger Salamander, #Ambystoma tigrinum from south Georgia.

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Cochranella granulosa, the Granular Glass Frog in the #frogLAB at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. #GlassFrog #GlassFrogs #Cochranella #Centrolenidae

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The federally listed Frosted #Flatwoods #Salamander, #Ambystoma cingulatum has suffered a 90% population decline since 2000. We are working with several state and national partners to conserve this species before it disappears forever. To that end, we are building a #CaptiveBreeding colony at the Garden and once the #salamanders reach maturity, we hope to breed them and release the offspring into protected, properly managed habitat. #SalamandersOfInstagram #SalamanderConservation #AmphibianConservation #FlatwoodsSalamander #Ambystomacingulatum #Ambystomatidae

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#Agalychnis moreletii, the Black-eyed Leaf Frog in the #frogLAB #Agalychnismoreletii #Phyllomedusinae #LeafFrog #LeafFrogs #FrogGloves #frogsofinstagram #FrogGlove This frog looks like it's wearing cool super hero gloves

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The Fringed Leaf Frog, #Cruziohyla craspedopus from the canopies of the Amazon rainforest. This one seems to be trying to avoid the frog paparazzi #LeafFrog #LeafFrogs #phyllomedusine #Phyllomedusinae

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#Anotheca spinosa, the Crowned Tree Frog from Panama - from one of the breeding groups in the #frogPOD The #oophagous tadpoles will only eat unfertilized eggs from mom and poop from both parents. Preliminary data suggests they need both to develop and become healthy froglets. #Hylidae #FrogsOfPanama #frogsofinstagram #PoopEater #DukeyTaster #EggFeeder #Oophagy

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Possibly the cutest #GlassFrog species ... the tiny frog with the huge name Hyalinobatrachium colymbiphylum from #Panama #Hyalinobatrachiumcolymbiphylum #Hyalinobatrachium #Centrolenidae #CuteFrog

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#Plethodon glutinosos, the Slimy Salamander is a common species in metro Atlanta, but they are not always as pretty as this lovely lady from Cascade Springs. #Salamanders #Salamander #Plethodontidae #Lungless #LunglessSalamander #AmphibianConservation #AmphibianMonitoring #MAAMP

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Critically Endangered Lemur Leaf Frog, #Agalychnis lemur. This species has disappeared throughout most of its range in Costa Rica and Panama. Leaf and Monkey Frogs of the subfamily #Phyllomedusinae will lay their eggs above water, often on a leaf. They also get their name from the fact that many species in this group of nocturnal frogs sleep in plain sight a top of leaves, relying on #crypsis or #camouflage for protection from #predators #LeafFrog #LeafFrogs #CriticallyEndangered #EndExtinction #EndangeredSpecies

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Beautiful Toad Audio from the master, Lang Elliot

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Cochranella granulosa, the Granular Glass Frog in the frogLAB. #GlassFrogs of the family #Centrolenidae are one of our favorite groups to work with. We currently have 4 species of GlassFrog from Panama and Costa Rica in our conservation collections. #GlassFrog #SmilingFrog

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The last known Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Tree Frog today in the #frogPOD of the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Typically, he isn't out in the morning but today I got lucky. He seemed to be enjoying the rain mist coming through our Mist King system This species hasn't been detected in the wild since 2007, and captive collections only consist of this one lone male. His story is extremely sad, and emphasizes the need for conservation programs to help species which are going extinct (amphibians are declining at a rate 4 orders of magnitude greater than natural extinction rates), preserve and restore habitat, as educate people about amphibian declines. You can see him in the recent and powerful documentary @racingextinction part of which was filmed in the frogPOD #Ecnomiohylarabborum #Ecnomiohyla #Toughie #RacingExtinction

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The skin of #GlassFrogs allow light to pass through, this aids tremendously in the frogs ability to camouflage itself into its surrounding. This is a Granular Glass Frog, #Cochranella granulosa with my flashlight held underneath showing its amazing ability to 'glow' when illuminated. #GlowFrog #Centrolenidae #GlassFrog #frogLAB

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Federally listed #Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, #Ambystoma #cingulatum. This is one of our three adult animals collected as larvae from South Georgia last year as part of a federal partnership towards the recovery of both species of flatwoods salamander. They have suffered a 90% population decline since 2000, and are at imminent risk of extinction. At the Garden, we are working towards building a captive breeding colony of A. cingulatum and will breed animals to be released into protected as properly managed habitat. The salamander in this picture looks fantastic, as does the other two from last year's collection. We hope to raise the 15 young salamanders we just acquired from Saint Marks Wildlife Refuge and have a breeding group of young, healthy salamanders soon. #Ambystomacingulatum #Ambystomatidae #ambystomatid #FlatwoodsSalamander #FrostedFlatwoodsSalamander #Salamander #SalamanderConservation #AmphibianConservation

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Leslie Phillips, Amphibian Keeper in our program with a #Coqui frog that hatched seconds ago. Coquis skip all that tadpole business, and hatch out as tiny tiny frogs, as you can see here. This clutch was laid in a flower pot in the Orchid House, and was detected by one of the botanists. As of this evening, all but one of the eggs has hatched so hopefully tomorrow the last one will have hatched and they can be released in the conservatory where most of the Coqui reside. #Eleutherodactylus #Eleutherodactyluscoqui #DirectDevelopers #DirectDeveloper #DirectDevelopment #FrogAintGotNoTadpole

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A Grand Day with Leslie, Amphibian Specialist @ the Garden

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We had particularly great luck finding frogs yesterday while giving a tour of the Fuqua Conservatory to the Development Team at the Garden. The timing was perfect as a clutch of Coqui eggs was hatching right before our eyes! Coqui, and frogs of the genus Eleutherodactylus are direct developers, meaning the eggs develop directly into froglets and the tadpole stage is skipped. This allows the frogs to lay their eggs anywhere with a little moisture and there is no need for standing water.
Later that day, we went to the Atlanta History Center where we are consulting with them on constructing an ephemeral wetland on their property. We found Two-lined Salamanders (one adult, one larva) in the stream and this little critter in one of the ponds (see below)



A clutch of #Coqui eggs hatching directly into #froglets ... #Eleutherodactylus coqui and congeners are #DirectDevelopers and lack a free-swimming larval stage. Direct developing species often start out much smaller than typically metamorphosing anurans. #TinyFrogs #TinyFrog

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A great article on Kleptogenesis - or sperm parasitism - in Ambystoma Salamanders. Featuring a photo from our friend Zac Herr

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Blue- sided Leaf Frog, #Agalychnis annae.

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A #CriticallyEndangered #phyllomedusine from #CostaRica One of the most beautiful #LeafFrogs ... This species is completely uncooperative for the purposes of photography. I was lucky he stayed still looking enough for me to get this one. #LeafFrog #JumpyFrog #YellowEyedLeafFrog #Agalychnisannae

#Eleutherodactylus #coqui in the #Fuqua Conservatory of the Atlanta Botanical Garden.

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Typically, it has to be dark to see this #nocturnal species but I got lucky. A beautiful frog, the conservatory is quite loud at night with the sound of their advertisement calls. A call which has been described as a 'co-QUI'

#CriticallyEndangered Lemur Leaf Frog, #Agalychnis lemur from Costa Rica and Panama. One of the smallest species of Leaf Frogs. They have excellent camouflage and actually sleep on the underside of leaves during the day. A nocturnal species, they turn from bright green to a brownish red at night. The Atlanta Botanical Garden’s Amphibian Conservation Program has been working with Lemur Leaf Frogs since the 1990s, and have donated over 400 baby frogs to various institutions and conservation agencies. The hope is that once the wild home range of Lemur Leaf Frogs is once again safe for the species, there will be large enough numbers to return and repopulate protected areas of Panama and Costa Rica. #LeafFrog #LeafFrogs #Phyllomedusinae Read more: http://ift.tt/24Bw2WZ

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Critically endangered Black-eyed Leaf Frog, #Agalychnis moreletii. One of the amazing species we acquired through our partnership with #TheVivarium at the Manchester Museum. The adults can get quite large, much larger than other members of this genus. Image 6/10 of the Care2.com article '10 Stunning Frogs Whose Populations are Dwindling' by @texdworkin #Agalychnismoreletii #Phyllomedusinae #LeafFrog #LeafFrog

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Slope- snouted Glass Frog, #Cochranella #euknemos in #amplexus in the #frogPOD. This might be the greatest image I have shot with my phone. Plus it looks like they are smiling and I love that. Image 5/10 of the '10 Stunning Frogs Whose Populations are Dwindling' article on Care2.com this weekend, written by @texdworkin #GlassFrog #GlassFrogs #Centrolenidae #SmilingFrogs

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A nice article on Care2.com featuring frogs from our Amphibian Conservation Program!

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Recently metamorphosed Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, #Ambystoma cingulatum from St Marks Wildlife Refuge. Through our federal collaboration, we were able to acquire 15 young animals produced from this year's breeding season for our captive breeding colony. Frosted and Reticulated Flatwoods Salamanders are both at imminent risk of extinction with 90% losses in population since 1999. The animals are housed in our recently constructed #salamanderLAB at the Garden until they are old enough to attempt breeding them. #CaptiveBreeding #AmphibianConservation #SalamanderConservation #Salamander #Salamanders

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Granular Glass Frog, #Cochranella granulosa - a beautiful centrolenid and the lead Image for the Care2.com article on amphibian declines which published yesterday by @texdworkin http://ift.tt/1TDsXwM Image 4/10. This image was taken through the glass on exhibit in the Fuqua Conservatory of @atlbotanical

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