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For #FrogFriday I am sharing my true frog love.

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I have been more or less obsessed with ๐‘ท๐’Š๐’‘๐’‚ ๐’‘๐’Š๐’‘๐’‚ since I first mistook one for a piece of wood.⁠ ⁠ Huge - yet flat as a Cracker Barrel pancake - no tongue or teeth - babies pop grotesquely out of momma's back - tiny eyes - star-shaped lobes on the finger tips for detecting prey - and are able to generate powerful suction to draw in prey. What more could you want from a #frog?⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #Frog #Frogs #Frogger #Froggy #FrogsOfInstagram #LeafFrog #LeafFrogs #TreeFrog #TreeFrogs #FrogLife #Crypsis #Mimicry #AmphibiousAF #AmphibianFound #FrogsNeedOurHelp

Smallwood's Anole, ๐‘จ๐’๐’๐’๐’Š๐’” ๐’”๐’Ž๐’‚๐’๐’๐’˜๐’๐’๐’…๐’Š⁠ ⁠ A gorgeous species from Southeastern Cuba. They really aren't as ferocious as it looks in this picture. They tend to be much nicer than their ๐‘จ. ๐’†๐’’๐’–๐’†๐’”๐’•๐’“๐’Š๐’” cousin.⁠ ⁠ #Fierce #Anole #Lizard #Lizards

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Mole Salamander, ๐‘จ๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’š๐’”๐’•๐’๐’Ž๐’‚ ๐’•๐’‚๐’๐’‘๐’๐’Š๐’…๐’†๐’–๐’Ž⁠ ⁠ I just love these goofy chonks. This individual was reared from larvae collected in a South Georgia ephemeral wetland. This species also commonly delays metamorphosis through a process called #progenesis and progenics can actually reproduce as larvae.⁠ ⁠ It'd be nice to put off growing up until we were ready.⁠ ⁠ #Paedomorphosis #Salamander #Salamanders #SalamandersOfInstagram #Ambystoma

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The Annual Amphibian Foundation Open House!

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The first Friday in December each year, we have opened the doors of the Amphibian Foundation (which is generally closed tot he public), and invited our partners to help us celebrate the wonderful diversity of reptiles and amphibians — often overlooked groups of animals — both groups are in great conservation concern.

The last couple of years hundreds of people have come help us celebrate! What a wonderful experience and we are so grateful the community has welcomed us, and wants to celebrate these animals with us.

— All photos by Tess Yaney — In the lobby:


Partners:






I love teaching #Reptile and #Amphibian #Biology at @agnesscott — Very excited that today it became official. Woo Hoo! #grateful

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Stuck in a Peanut Butter Jar! Snapping Turtle is rescued by AF staff and volunteers

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Yesterday, we received a troubling call from Carola, an Education & Outreach Volunteer at the Amphibian Foundation. She and her family found an adult Snapping Turtle (Chelydra serpentina) with its head stuck in a peanut butter jar.
Having a lot of experience with Snapping Turtles — this is something I had never heard of! What could possibly motivate an adult Snapper to jam its head in a peanut butter jar to the point where it couldn't get it out!? Did it want some peanut butter? Did some other tasty morsel crawl in there?
Nevertheless, Carola and her son's Patrick and Alan were concerned, so they contacted us. Anthony and I sprung into action. Though we had gone on many Snapping Turtle rescues, this was an unprecedented mission. What might we need to remove the Snapper's heard from the jar? I brought an oil filter wrench (maybe to grip the jar), and a small hammer (in case we needed to bust the jar). Turns out, we needed neither of those things.

I held the turtle, whi…

Phenomenal Audio Recording of Gopher Frogs this Season in Alabama

Recording by Mark Bailey —

Here is the caption from Mark's post:
Recorded 01-15-2020 at an isolated wetland in Conecuh National Forest, AL. Heard are Gopher Frog (Lithobates capito), Southern Leopard Frog (Lithobates utricularia), Ornate Chorus Frog (Pseudacris ornata), Spring Peeper (Pseudacris crucifer), and Southern Chorus Frog (Pseudacris nigrita).

Master Herpetologist starts tomorrow, and we are looking forward to getting started!⁠ ⁠ Still a few spaces available⁠ ⁠ Join us!⁠ ⁠ masterherper.amphibianfoundation.org⁠ ⁠

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#FWA⁠ ⁠ The teaching collection at #AF includes some rather grouchy species, like this African Bullfrog⁠ ⁠ ๐™‹๐™ฎ๐™ญ๐™ž๐™˜๐™š๐™ฅ๐™๐™–๐™ก๐™ช๐™จ ๐™–๐™™๐™จ๐™ฅ๐™š๐™ง๐™จ๐™ช๐™จ⁠ ⁠ I have always been enamored by frogs that think they can kick my a$$, or at least would like to.

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๐™‚๐™–๐™จ๐™ฉ๐™ง๐™ค๐™ฉ๐™๐™š๐™˜๐™– ๐™˜๐™ค๐™ง๐™ฃ๐™ช๐™ฉ๐™–⁠ ⁠ The #CriticallyEndangered Eyelash Marsupial Frog from Panama.⁠ ⁠ This species and many others were impacted by the infectious #chytrid fungus in the early-mid 2000's and were a target of the rescue mission led by #ZooAtlanta #ABG #EVACC and others.⁠ ⁠ #Frog #Frogs #Frogger #Froggy #FrogsOfInstagram #TreeFrog #TreeFrogs #FrogLife #Crypsis #AmphibiousAF #AmphibianFound #FrogsNeedOurHelp

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Spring semester of #MasterHerpetologist starts this Saturday!⁠ ⁠ Join me, Chris Jenkins (#Orianne), Dan Sollenberger (#GADNR), and Grover Brown (U of S Miss) for a deep dive into the world of amphibians and reptiles.⁠ ⁠ Course and field work⁠ ⁠ masterherper.amphibianfoundation.org

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An adorable #GlassFrog⁠ ⁠ ๐‘ฏ๐’š๐’‚๐’๐’Š๐’๐’๐’ƒ๐’‚๐’•๐’“๐’‚๐’„๐’‰๐’Š๐’–๐’Ž ๐’—๐’‚๐’๐’†๐’“๐’๐’Š⁠ ⁠ Writing out the genus in 12 point type is longer than a lot of the actual frogs in this genus :)⁠ ⁠ ⁠ ⁠ #Frog #Frogs #Frogger #Froggy #FrogsOfInstagram #FrogLife #Crypsis #AmphibiousAF #AmphibianFound #FrogsNeedOurHelp

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๐‘จ๐’Ž๐’ƒ๐’š๐’”๐’•๐’๐’Ž๐’‚ ๐’•๐’Š๐’ˆ๐’“๐’Š๐’๐’–๐’Ž⁠ ⁠ The Tiger Salamander (though this one looks more like a Spotted Salamander than most)⁠ ⁠ This animal was reared from larva collected in an ephemeral wetland in Eastern Georgia (Liberty County). It is part of the Foundation's captive propagation program focusing on imperiled species from the southeastern US. Tiger Salamanders have been added to the state's Wildlife Action Plan.⁠ ⁠ #Salamander #Salamanders #AmphibiousAF⁠

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