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Breeding Bonanza

Although my trip to Costa Rica has come to an end, there is still much work to be done. Including some exciting conservation collaborations and projects that I will be working on over the coming months, so stay tuned for more details.

I’m also keen to share some of my other Costa Rican adventures! One event which will stay with me for a very long time indeed, was our first night at the Costa Rican Amphibian Research Centre (CRARC). We were very fortunate to coincide our visit with a full moon and lots of rainfall, which are the perfect conditions to witness the explosive breeding behaviour of the gliding leaf frog (Agalychnis spurrelli).

Heading into the forest with Brain Kubicki, we were treated to many exciting finds (More posts to follow!), but his tip to return to the ponds just before dawn produced a definite herpetological highlight. Hundreds of individuals had formed huge aggregations around two large ponds, frogs that we had spotted earlier in the evening were now in full voice and the sights and sounds were incredible. This short video below showcases some of what I saw, enjoy!

 

Spurrell’s Leaf Frog                                           Leaf Frogs of the CRARC 

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