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Slope Snouted Glass Frog, Cochranella euknemos
Conservation Status: Decreasing Glass Frogs (family Centrolenidae) are so named due to the translucent skin on their bellies. This allows enough light to pass through the frog to disguise it from predators. The Slope Snouted Glass Frog was one of the Panamanian species rescued in 2005, when the deadly amphibian disease, chytridiomycosis (chytrid) was wiping out as much as 85% of the frogs from that region.

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The adorable Tiger Salamander One of the few amphibians with a #CannibalMorph. Larval cannibals can grow a larger head with extra teeth just so it can start eating its siblings and metamorphose quicker. That's just nasty. Learn about this and other cool #AmphibiousAF facts in the upcoming biology course which starts June 2nd. Link in bio

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Ambystoma maculatum Spotted Salamander from South Hadley, MA #SalamanderCuteOff #CuteAF #AmphibiousAF

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Interested in learning about the biology of amphibians? Join us for an 8 week, deep dive into the biology of frogs, salamanders and caecilians. Guaranteed to be #AmphibiousAF courses.amphibianfoundation.org

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Interested in learning about the biology of amphibians? Join us for an 8 week, deep dive into the biology of frogs, salamanders and caecilians. Guaranteed to be #AmphibiousAF courses.amphibianfoundation.org

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Imperiled Gopher Frog, Lithobates capito We will soon be moving our captive reared Gopher Frogs to the outdoor mesocosms at the Field Research Center nicknamed #MetamorphosisMeadow Hopefully soon the echoing snore of male Gopher Frogs in the mood for love will be heard throughout our Buckhead neighborhood.

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Art Installation Benefits the Amphibian Foundation!

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We were contacted by Valeria Vazquez Garcia, she and Sabrina Stolls of Nevada created an interesting and amphibious art installation which also raised some support for the Amphibian Foundation.
We are grateful for that support so I wanted to share their words and art with you all here!




Quest for Paedomorphic Mole Salamanders

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Mole Salamanders are both a species, and a family of salamanders. The family: Ambystomatidae is so named due to the fact that most species of this family are fossorial (spend the majority of the time underground).

The chunkiest of the bunch is Ambystoma talpoideum, the Mole Salamander.

Mole Salamanders (the species) have an interesting reproductive strategy and can be facultatively paedomorphic. If the conditions are right, these animals can speed up the time until they are able to reproduce through a process called progenesis. They can reach sexual maturity while still in their larval stage.

According to John Jensen, state Herpetologist with Georgia DNR, these paedomorphs will eventually metamorphose into the adult forms after a year of progenic reproduction. Paedomorphosis (as opposed to metamorphosis) is the retention of juvenile characteristics into adulthood — I can relate.

Keeping Snakes Away: Advice from a Wildlife Biologist

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Do not use snake repellents. They are ineffective and a waste of money. Photo courtesy of Daniel Carrol,Rattlesnake Solutions. Some great advice for dealing with snakes (wanted and unwanted) on your property

It is with GREAT pleasure that I announce the Amphibian Foundation's first official staff member — Amanda Sargent @theamandafiles !!! Amanda is our Conservation Coordinator and she will be managing the conservation and educational collections, working with volunteers, and of course continuing to represent us on social media (and probably a thousand other things) We are lucky to have Amanda with us — She is such an inspiration to others, a voice for the #SlimyUnderdogs and extremely knowledgable, and talented, and amazing ... and #AmphibiousAF Congratulations! I am so excited to work with you and can't wait to move forward saving amphibians. (Here she is at Metamorphosis Meadow with a lab-reared Frostee - Frosted Flatwoods Salamander - getting ready to be placed in one of our mesocosms)

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Interested in learning about the biology of amphibians? Join us for an 8 week, deep dive into the biology of frogs, salamanders and caecilians. Guaranteed to be #AmphibiousAF courses.amphibianfoundation.org

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Interested in learning about the biology of amphibians? Join us for an 8 week, deep dive into the biology of frogs, salamanders and caecilians. This course is offered at the Amphibian Foundation in Atlanta. Guaranteed to be #AmphibiousAF courses.amphibianfoundation.org

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My favorite part about yesterday's field work in South Georgia — Watching state herpetologist John Jensen handing my little boy his first ever Barking Tree Frog. — and it was a glorious frog (and day) The mission of the trip was to collect suitable coastal plain aquatic and semi-aquatic plants for the mesocosms back at the Foundation. These plants will provide suitable nesting sites for Flatwoods Salamanders. That's #AmphibiousAF

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