|Williams Bluff. The beautiful release site of head-started Gopher frogs on protected Nature Conservancy land.|
It's not easy to find a frog which lives underground ... and this was my first opportunity to use a camera scope (am LED lit camera at the end of a 20' snake) so we could see down these long subterranean burrows. We were looking for released Gopher frogs that were still making a living at the release site.
|Dr John Maerz (UGA) and Robert Hill (Zoo Atlanta) sampling a Gopher tortoise burrow with the camera scope|
|A Gopher tortoise detection! Which typically signifies you have reached the bottom of the burrow.|
|John Maerz shows off a particularly colorful male Sceloporus. (check out the blue chin)|
|A closer shot of the beautiful Sceloporus|
|A dense 'cloud' of Scaphiopus larvae. Spadefoot toads are one of the author's absolute favorite species|
|A wider view of the Spadefoot toad cloud, with the outline drawn on the insert. Spadefoots are explosive and rapid breeders, and can go from egg to toadlet in as few as 8 days!|
I had a wonderful time in south Georgia, and I hope to have many more opportunities there!