Sunday, May 15, 2016

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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Thursday, May 12, 2016

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

Leslie Phillips, Amphibian Keeper at the Garden, with a newly hatched Eleutherodactylus coqui
 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.
We were able to find both varieties of Red-eyed Leaf Frog, Agalychnis callidryas. The Bijagual form, with maroon eyes and orange stripes on the flanks, and the La Selva form with red eyes, and purple/blue stripes.
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)

Leslie with an angry Stinkpot, Sternotherus oderatus