Monday, May 16, 2011

Spring in the Conservatory

Male Phantasmal poison frog | Epipedobates tricolor, guarding a clutch of eggs
This weekend was on the colder side, and it was pretty quiet in the mornings. Peaceful times like these are perfect to see the amphibians on exhibit and throughout the Conservatory engaging in behaviors they are too shy to exhibit when there are a lot of people around.

If you ever make it to the Garden just after opening, I would suggest bringing a small flashlight (if you would like to maximize the chance of seeing some interesting amphibian activities)

Rain frog | Pristimantis gaigei, in amplexus

The resident quail and our Central American box turtles (Rhinoclemmys) sharing breakfast

Our Gopher frog Head Start tadpole rearing setup

Fringed leaf frog | Cruziohyla craspedopus, in amplexus

3 of the 4 Rain frogs were out all weekend, usually one can see zero 
Inside of ferns is a good place to look for Poison frogs in the Conservatory