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The #Alanis form of #Dendrobates tinctorius (The Tinging #PoisonFrog). This image was shot many years ago at Black Jungle in MA. #PoisonFrogs #Dendrobatestinctorius #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #AmphibianFoundation #FrogsNeedOurHelp #PoisonFrogWeek

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The #Koetari form of the Tinging #PoisonFrog, Dendrobates tinctorius. From afar, this species looks like a black frog with blue feet, but up close, an extremely intricate layer of patterns becomes visible — beautiful! #Dendrobates #Dendrobatestinctorius #PoisonFrogs #AmphibianFoundation #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #frogsneedourhelp #PoisonFrogWeek

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The 'mint' and 'yellow' forms of Phyllobates terribilis. In the skin of this #frog is one of the most toxic compounds on the planet! #PoisonFrog #PoisonFrogs #Phyllobates #Phyllobatesterribilis #AmphibianFoundation #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #frogsneedourhelp #PoisonFrogWeek

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The #Veradero form of the Mimic #PoisonFrog. This species in indeed toxic, but mimics the coloration of a more toxic frog! This phenomenon is known as #MullerianMimicry #PoisonFrogs #Ranitomeya #Ranitomeyaimitator #AmphibianFoundation #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #frogsneedourhelp #PoisonFrogWeek

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The #Azureus form of the Tinging #PoisonFrog — Dendrobates tinctorius is an incredibly beautiful blue frog! #PoisonFrogs #Dendrobates #Dendrobatestinctorius #AmphibianFoundation #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp

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#SalamanderSaturday y'all — a couple of adorable Spotted Salamanders (#Ambystoma maculatum) wishing everyone a great weekend! It's been a fun week highlighting amphibians we are able to (still) find in our #Atlanta neighborhoods #SpottedSalamander #Ambystoma #Ambystomamaculatum #AmphibianFoundation #Salamander #Salamanders #SalamandersOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp #MAAMP

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Blue-spotted Salamander, Ambystoma laterale — one of the things I miss most about Massachusetts. So stinkin' cute. #BlueSpottedSalamanders #Ambystoma #Ambystomalaterale #AmphibianFoundation #Salamander #Salamanders #SalamandersOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp

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#SpottedSalamanders now known from 3 sites within the perimeter of #MetroAtlanta — an amazing species you may still be able to find in your backyard! #Ambystoma #Ambystomamaculatum #AmphibianFoundation #Salamander #Salamanders #SalamandersOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp

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The beautiful Marbled Salamander is now known from 2 locations inside the Atlanta perimeter! We are so lucky to have this species persisting in our urban environment.

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#FrostedFlatwoodsSalamander in the #SalamanderLab @amphibianfound this is one of a handful of last known GA animals.

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We of course hope there are many more — but as of right now, there are only 7 animals known to occur in the state. We plan to breed this species at the Field Research Center at Blue Heron Nature Preserve @bhnpatlanta and work with our state and federal partners to repatriate the species into protected, properly managed habitat. #FlatwoodsSalamanders #Ambystoma #Ambystomacingulatum #AmphibianFoundation #Salamander #Salamanders #SalamandersOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp

Happy Birthday (to us) - The Amphibian Foundation is One!

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The Amphibian Foundation is celebrating our one year anniversary this month! It’s been a whirlwind of a year, and we want to thank you for your continued support. Read below to learn about our tremendous growth and key accomplishments, achieved with your help!

Building an Amphibious Presence in Atlanta

If you’re a regular blog guest, then you know that the Amphibian Foundation was founded in 2016 as a nonprofit dedicated to protecting endangered amphibians and their habitats. But did you know that in one year, the Amphibian Foundation:
Created an office and labs at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve in Atlanta. Formed a Board of Directors with 6 members. Built a team of 25 staff members and dedicated volunteers. Trained 5 interns, and expanded into an internationally recognized internship program. Cared for more than 100 amphibians and reptiles, our educational ambassadors. This does not include the three species in the Captive Breeding Program. (Note: we are a licensed facility with the sta…

Redback Salamanders! One of the species we will be looking for @ Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve today #Eclipse2017 http://ift.tt/2vdGYtK

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Spring Peepers! A species we will be looking for @ Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve today #Eclipse2017 http://ift.tt/2vdGYtK #MAAMP #Pseudacris #Pseudacriscrucifer #SpringPeeper #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram

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Mole Salamanders! A species we will be looking for @ Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve today #Eclipse2017 http://ift.tt/2vdGYtK #MAAMP #MoleSalamanders #Ambystoma #Ambystomatalpoideum #SalamandersOfInstagram

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Green Tree Frogs! One of the species we will be looking for @ Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve tomorrow #Eclipse2017 http://ift.tt/2vdGYtK

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I felt inspired by our recent invitation to join the #StripedNewtRepatriationProgram so I drew my first newt! For more information on the program, and some images from our first field mission to find newts, please see the #FrogBlog at the top of our website: amphibianfoundation.org #GotNewt?

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Red Salamanders! One of the species we will be looking for @ Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve tomorrow #Eclipse2017 http://ift.tt/2vdGYtK

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Slimy Salamanders! One of the species we will be looking for @ Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve tomorrow during #Eclipse2017 @amphibianfoundation http://ift.tt/2vPIPbz #Plethodon #Plethodontidae #Plethodonglutinosus #Salamanders #SalamandersOfInstagram

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Grey Tree Frogs! One of the species we will be looking for @ Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve tomorrow #Eclipse2017 http://ift.tt/2vdGYtK

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The Fringed Leaf Frog — Cruziohyla craspedopus is a large, beautiful #LeafFrog from northern South America.

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 This is an incredible species to work with and we are grateful for the generous donation of these frogs by Erik Anderson #LeafFrogs #LeafFrog #Cruziohyla #Cruziohylacraspedopus #AmphibianFoundation #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp

The Amphibian Foundation joins the Striped Newt Repatriation Project!!

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We are honored and excited to be invited to contribute to the Striped Newt Repatriation Project. This collaborative effort, lead by Ryan Means of the Coastal Plains Institute is focused on the release and  monitoring of captive bred Striped Newts (Notophthalmus perstriatus) into protected and managed habitat in the southeastern coastal plain.

This season, the Amphibian Foundation and the Detroit Zoo join Jacksonville Zoo, Memphis Zoo, Central Florida Zoo and Lowry Park Zoo in maintaining captive breeding populations of the 3 remaining populations of Striped Newts. AF staff went into the field with Ryan, John Jensen from Georgia Department of Natural Resources and Pierson Hill from Florida Fish and Wildlife at Fall Line Sandhills Wildlife Management Area to collect wild Stripe Newt larvae. The goal was to collect 25 larvae in order to establish captive breeding colonies at the foundation and Detroit Zoo ... the mission was successful!



Cochranella granulosa, the Granular Glass Frog

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The Splendid Leaf Frog —

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Cruziohyla calcarifer is a large, beautiful #LeafFrog from northern South America. This is an incredible species to work with and we are grateful for the generous donation of these frogs by Rainforest Junkies #LeafFrogs #LeafFrog #SplendidLeafFrog #Cruziohyla #Cruziohylacalcarifer #AmphibianFoundation #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp

Ranitomeya vanzolini, a #thumbnail Poison Frog is a bold and beautiful species. These were donated to the foundation by Shore Thing Exotics in Atlanta. #PoisonFrog #Ranitomeya #Ranitomeyavanzolini #AmphibianFoundation #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp

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Princess calls for equality: Toads, Frogs, Newts, Salamanders, Efts and Olms and Neotenes — #WeAreAllOne — No Matter what your skin color (or how many warts you have) #Toad #Toads #ToadBattle #ToadsOfInstagram #Frog #Frogs #Rhinella #Rhinellamarina

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The White-spotted Glass Frog — Sachatamia albomaculata from #Panama #GlassFrog #Sachatamia #Sachatamiaalbomaculata #AmphibianFoundation #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp

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The amazing Fringed Leaf Frog — Cruziohyla craspedopus, perched out on a leaf in the #HerpLab.

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These frogs were donated to the foundation by Erik Anderson #FringedLeafFrog #Cruziohyla #Cruziohylacraspedopus #AmphibianFoundation #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp #LeafFrog

Frosted Flatwoods Salamander eggs!

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Flatwoods Salamander eggs were collected by #FFWCC and saved from desiccation due to drought and shifting climates. Many of the eggs were brought back to the #AmphibianFoundation and hatched in our #SalamanderLab — These eggs have all hatched, and the larvae metamorphosed and now we have a wonderful group of young #FlatwoodsSalamanders for our captive breeding program. #FlatwoodsSalamanders #Ambystoma @Ambystomacingulatum #AmphibianFoundation #Salamander #Salamanders #SalamandersOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp

Very little is known about amphibians and their response to a solar eclipse.

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We may even expect such a short lapse in photoperiod to be largely ignored by amphibians. One of the few reports on the subject comes from data gathered during a solar eclipse in New England in 1932. Wheeler, et al (1935) document a lot of reported activity, with species such as Spring Peepers, Grey Tree Frogs and American Toads temporarily behaving as if it were night.

We are encouraging our Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program (maamp.us) participants to get out, if possible to their survey sites and record their observations during the eclipse. We would also encourage the entire Atlanta community to submit their observations of amphibians while they are out witnessing the event.

Do you hear an increase in frog calling?
Is there an increase in activity?
Do the frogs, toads and salamanders come out from hiding in your yard?

Information like this is important for our study and we would love to hear from you. You an submit your observations to …

Amphibians and Solar Eclipses — What to Expect

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Very little is known about amphibians and their response to a solar eclipse. We may even expect such a short lapse in photoperiod to be largely ignored by amphibians. One of the few reports on the subject comes from data gathered during a solar eclipse in New England in 1932. Wheeler, et al (1935) documented a lot of activity, with species such as Spring Peepers, Grey Tree Frogs and American Toads temporarily behaving as if it were night.

We are encouraging our Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program (maamp.us) participants to get out, if possible to their survey sites and record their observations during the eclipse. We would also encourage the entire Atlanta community to submit their observations of amphibians while they are out witnessing the event.

Did you hear an increase in frog calling? Was there an increase in activity? Did the frogs, toads and salamanders come out from hiding in your yard? Information like this is important for our study and we would love to hear from you.

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The glorious Cane Toad, Giant Toad and Marine Toad (Rhinella marina or previously Bufo marinus).

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This infamous species has been busy extending its world-wide distribution (with our help) to a point verging on #WorldDominance. For almost 100 years, humans have been moving this species around the globe from it’s home range in northern South America. Now it’s an invasive species in Australia, Hawaii and South Florida (probably other places too). It’s devastating impact on natural ecosystems has been well documented and even featured in one of my favorite ‘documentaries’ Cane Toads (1985) (Do yourself a favor and see it if you haven’t yet.)

Cane Toads are the perfect invaders. A single female can lay up to 40,000 eggs a year! How many amphibians can do that?? (How much easier our job would be if Flatwoods Salamanders could lay that many eggs!) Not only that, but Cane Toad eggs are toxic! No tasty snacks for animals that normally enjoy frog caviar. Cane Toads are toxic in every life stage. Any animals ‘higher’ in the food web than a Cane Toad are i…