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Registration Open for Fall Amphibian Class — an 8 week deep dive into the world of amphibians. Offered @ Agnes Scott and Open to All. Saturday afternoons starting Sept 15. register @ bio.amphibian.life Get #AmphibiousAF for $100

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Registration Open for Fall Amphibian Class — an 8 week deep dive into the world of amphibians. Offered @ Agnes Scott and Open to All. register @ bio.amphibian.life Get #AmphibiousAF

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Marbled Salamanders were 'released' into their mesocosm today by @danioftheforest at the Amphibian Research and Conservation Center (AKA #MetamorphosisMeadow) at @AmphibianFoundation

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Marbled Salamanders moved 'in pseudo situ' into the Amphibian Research and Conservation Center

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Last autumn, John Jensen who is one of the state herpetologists for GA Department of Natural Resources, and also on the Scientific Advisory Board for the Amphibian Foundation, took me out into the field in the hopes of collecting Marbled Salamanders for inclusion in our conservation breeding program.

This program, of which the ultimate goal is to successfully propagate healthy Frosted Flatwoods Salamanders (Ambystoma cingulatum) for release into restored habitat in the southeast, also focuses on surrogate species. Ambystomatid salamanders, such as the Marbled and Flatwoods species, have not been reliably bred in captivity, and gaining a better understanding on how this can be accomplished is vital to the program's success.

Marbled Salamanders and Flatwoods Salamanders are unique in one interesting way — they breed exclusively in dry ephemeral wetlands. These are seasonal ponds that dry out once per year or so, and these species utilize these wetlands when they are dry. The eggs l…

What's the Difference? Registration Open for Fall Amphibian Class — an 8 week deep dive into the world of amphibians. Offered @ Agnes Scott and Open to All. register @ bio.amphibian.life Get #AmphibiousAF

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Registration Open for Fall Amphibian Class — an 8 week deep dive into the world of amphibians. Offered @ Agnes Scott and Open to All. register @ bio.amphibian.life Get #AmphibiousAF

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Gopher Frogs! Georgia's rarest frog suffers from habitat loss and fragmentation in the SE Coastal Plain. They get their name because they live underground, but rather than dig their own burrows, they rely on burrows provided by Gopher Tortoises and others — smart (and a little bit lazy) #GopherFrogs #Lithobates #Lithobatescapito #AmphibianFoundation #Frog #Frogs #FrogsOfInstagram #FrogsNeedOurHelp

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Registration Open for Fall Amphibian Class — an 8 week deep dive into the world of amphibians. Offered @ Agnes Scott and Open to All. Saturday afternoons starting Sept 15. register @ bio.amphibian.life Get #AmphibiousAF for $100

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Registration Open for Fall Amphibian Class — an 8 week deep dive into the world of amphibians. Offered @ Agnes Scott and Open to All. Course fee is $100 register @ bio.amphibian.life Get #AmphibiousAF

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Registration Open for Fall Amphibian Class — an 8 week deep dive into the world of amphibians. Offered @ Agnes Scott and Open to All. register @ bio.amphibian.life Get #AmphibiousAF for $100

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Registration Open for Fall Amphibian Class — an 8 week deep dive into the world of amphibians. Offered @ Agnes Scott and Open to All. $100 register @ bio.amphibian.life Get #AmphibiousAF

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Registration Open for Fall Amphibian Class — an 8 week deep dive into the world of amphibians. Offered @ Agnes Scott and Open to All.register @ bio.amphibian.life Get #AmphibiousAF

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A new addition, thanks to the incredible donation from the Turtle Conservancy! I am not sure, but baby Roti Island Snake-neck Turtles (Chelodina mccordi) might be the cutest critter. I don't generally like to comment on the cuteness, but look at that face! This cuteness, however, comes at quite a cost, as the species is now Critically Endangered due to over-collection in its historically tiny range in south Indonesia.

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Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, Ambystoma cingulatum A peak into an artificial Crayfish burrow inside of the mesocosm within our conservation breeding center. This little salamander, and hundreds more metamorphosed within the mesocosms and are now growing. Hopefully they will thrive to the point where they will produce healthy offspring in the future. #StayFrosty little salamanders ;)

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San Martín Fringe-limbed Treefrog, Ecnomiohyla valancifer A follow up from the earlier post today. The genus — Ecnomiohyla — is a fascinating group of New World Gliding Frogs. These robust frogs have extended webbing on the fore and hind limbs enabling them to glide from one tree to another. #Ecnomiohyla

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San Martín Fringe-limbed Treefrog, Ecnomiohyla valancifer Critically endangered, Fringe-limbed Treefrog from an extremely small range in Mexico. This species is closely related to the recently extinct Rabbs' Fringe-limbed Treefrog, the last of which was named #Toughie and died in 2016. Conservation friend and hero @leilanimunter came to visit is and these frogs on the anniversary of Toughie's death last September. #RIPToughie

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Gopher Frog, Lithobates capito One of the residents of the Field Research Center. This frog and many others are now permanently outdoors 'in pseudo situ' in our arrays of tri-phasic mesocosms. That's a mouthful, but our outdoor lab is basically 20 artificial wetlands habitats (consisting of wetland, upland and ecotone) — not to mention hundreds of imperiled temperate amphibians, like these #CuteAF Gopher Frogs. #GopherFrog #GopherFrogs

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Spotted Salamander, Ambystoma maculatum The Amphibian Foundation works to study, conserve and repatriate Spotted Salamanders in our urban landscape. This species requires ephemeral wetlands and intact adjacent uplands to thrive. Working with partners like the Atlanta History Center and Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve, we are increasing the numbers of these incredible salamanders right here in the metro Atlanta region. #SpottedSalamander #AmphibiousAF

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The Amphibian Foundation is 2!We are so grateful for all the support we have received. We have been able to accomplish so much in the last 2 years and we couldn't have done it without our online community!If you haven't become a member yet, please consider supporting the Foundation — we give out some perks as well. It's an excellent opportunity to be #AmphibiousAF members.amphibianfoundation.org

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Frosted Flatwoods Salamander, Ambystoma cingulatum#StayFrosty and help us celebrate our 2nd anniversary by joining us and becoming a member! Memberships directly benefit the Foundation and its conservation initiatives.🐸 #AmphibiousAF

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Tiger Salamander, Ambystoma tigrinum Several years ago, the Tiger Salamander was added to Georgia's State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP). The Amphibian Foundation is working to conserve this species in the state by developing captive breeding protocols in 'pseudo-captivity'. #TigerSalamander #AmphibiousAF

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We interrupt all these #AmphibiousAF posts for what might be the cutest turtle ever — Indonesian Roti Island Snake-Necks are critically endangered due to over collecting.Our friends and conservation partners @turtleconservancy are working to conserve this species and have generously donated some of these amazing captive propagated turtles to us for our outreach programs #SoFrigginCute

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The least toady of the toads — Suriname Toad, Pipa pipaThe fully aquatic and dorso-ventrally compressed Pipa pipa has no toungue, no teeth and captures prey with a powerful suction feeding mechanism. That is #AmphibiousAF #Pipapipa

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White-spotted Glass Frog, Sachatamia albomaculata from Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. This particular frog in the Herpetology Lab at the Amphibian Foundation is from Panama.#GlassFrog #GlassFrogs

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2 years ago today ... The ABG Amphibian Conservation Program over to the house - just a couple of days before everything changed

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Release the Gopher Frogs!

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Last night, during a Thunderstorm, some brave souls joined us for a trial release of Gopher Frogs (Lithobates capito) into their mesocosm, where hopefully they will acclimate to their new home in time to reproduce this fall+.

This new captive breeding program, which the Amphibian Foundation is developing with Zoo Atlanta, GA DNR, USFWS and UGA aims to produce healthy, captive bred Gopher Frogs (a state 'Rare' species, and Georgia's rarest frog). The mesocosms, or controllable artifical wetland ecosystems will ideally serve as a way to provide all necessary conditions for the frogs to be healthy and breed in pseudo-situ.