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Video Diary

Here you can find the latest video footage of events as they happen! 



5th December, Costa Rica. Brian Kubicki shows his carnivorous plants.

5th December, Costa Rica. Brian Kubicki shows green form of Oophaga granuliferus.

4th December, Costa Rica. Calling frogs for Adela Jones:

4th December, Costa Rica. Blunt-headed snake:

4th December, Costa Rica. Brilliant Forest Frog:

4th December, Costa Rica. Female Lemur Leaf Frog:

4th December, Costa Rica. (AM) Crocs waiting for a meal:

3rd December, Costa Rica. Black Vultures seen on the way back from the beach:

3rd December, Costa Rica. Baby Octopus:

2nd December, Costa Rica. The Weatherman

2nd December, Costa Rica. Weather conditions:

1st December, Costa Rica, CRARC: Cruziohyla tadpoles:

1st December, Costa Rica, CRARC:

29th November, Costa Rica.

28th November, Costa Rica. Aviarios, Becky with baby sloths:


28th November, Costa Rica. Early morning at Aviarios finds Buttercup sunbathing:

26th November, Costa Rica. amphibian doorman:

25th November, Costa Rica: Bat in the loo:



November 17th. The Costa Rica Amphibian Research Centre (CRARC), Costa Rica (9.30am) – Brian Kubicki shows the wonderful rainforest reserve of the CRARC



November 17th. The CRARC, Costa Rica (9.40am) – some of the facilities at the CRARC, including the guest house.

November 17th. The CRARC, Costa Rica (10am) – A green poison dart frog, dendrobates auratus . This  dart frog prefers to deposit its tadpoles in larger water bodies, such as hollows in water-filled logs. The tadpoles are also not fed by the parent as in some other species.

November 16th. The CRARC, Costa Rica (PM)  The following 5 clips.

Brian Kubicki introduces the main lab area at night just after I arrive.

Brian shows a range of different glass frogs being maintained in captivity.

Brian explains what an ideal vivarium set up should be like for keeping and breeding glass frogs

Brian explains how he raises glass frog tadpoles in the lab

Brian shows Phyllobates vitatus in the CRARC lab. Apparently this poison frog has a  distribution limited only to the Golfo Dulce region of southwestern Costa Rica.

November 16th. Costa Rica – Dendrobates (Oophaga) pumilio from the Sequires – Limon region:

Check out all the other colour forms for the species at:  http://tropical-experience.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64&Itemid=52&lang=en

November 15th 2.00pm. Costa Rica – Aviarios Sloth sanctuary: 


November 15th.  Costa Rica – Orphaned baby sloths in nursery at Aviarios:

November 15th 2.00pm. Costa Rica – Adult two-fingered sloths recovering from injury at Aviarios Sloth sanctuary

November 14th 10am. Costa Rica – A look at where chocolate comes from after a bleary-eyed breakfast:

November 13th 3.30pm. Costa Rica – Dendrobates (Oophaga) pumilio from the southern Caribbean Coast:

Other colour forms can be viewed at: http://tropical-experience.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=64&Itemid=52&lang=en






31 Responses

  1. Fabulous! Thanks for posting the video!

  2. Cheers Cat, let me know if there is anything else you would like to see from the collection and I will post another especially.

  3. Hi Andrew, great news and another great video! when the eggs hatch what is the next step and what do they feed on?

    would also love to see more of the Dendrobates mysteriosus and have you any plans on breeding any of them?

    Thank you for sharing these amazing videos.

    Ben (the reptile room)

  4. Cheers Ben, please see our LIVE section about the eggs. Hope you find it of interest and would be great to hear from you again if you have any more questions. All the best, Andrew

    • Thanks Andrew, answered all my questions. Another great video posted. Look forward to hearing on how the eggs do, look forward to seeing more videos.

      Keep up the great work, the conservation work you guys do over at the vivarium is amazing and it is great to be able to witness it all.

      Thanks again, Ben.

  5. Those are great vidoes, I had a pair of Red eyed tree frogs for several years they refused to breed, do you have several males and females in together? I think my problem was that I only had one pair. I tried everything even had a 7foot tank at one point with water at the bottom, a misting system and turned the temperature down before hand. Yet still they didn’t breed

    I would love to come to the museum at some point and see what you are doing there! I have been out in Peru this summer Spent a month studying frogs in the amazon for my dissertation found over 30 species. would it possible to come out and see your vivariums/work if I came to the museum, im currently working on PhD ideas and captive breeding is something which really interests me!



    • Hi Katy, Thanks for getting in touch. I’ve just posted a response on ‘Live’ which answers your questions about the Red-eyes, and when you visit we can chat more about this. It would be a pleasure to meet you and have you visit. I will be away in Scandinavia from next week and then I am off to Costa Rica, but if you can come through this week or if not perhaps in December please just let me know by email. Best wishes, Andrew

  6. Black eyed leaf frogs are definitely my favourite and thanks for posting the video on them. I have seen a lot of red eyes in the past through work and have to say none have had such amazing colours as the ones that you keep.

    Thanks again Andrew and hello to Katy.

    Ben Garcia-Vico.

  7. I recently discovered this site and think it’s great. I’m really fond of neo-tropical frogs. I keep and breed several dendrobatids and leaf frogs.

    I would be really interested in getting a closer look of the tank of the fantastic C.calcarifer. What is the care like and how do you get them to breed?

    Thank’s and keep up the good work,

    Erik, the Netherlands

  8. Andrew where the Beetles at the end of the clip at the top of the page Fregate Beetles Polposipus herculaneus by any chance??

    Only where due to get them in work to breed at some point and was just curious!


  9. Hi Louise, thats exactly what the beetles were. BTW, hope the foots getting better and that you like the vids from Sweden! Take care, Andrew.

  10. Ooh I am most impressed I recognised them almost immediately 🙂

    Sadly I am not doing so well, but I at least have all the wonderful amphibian, reptile and invertebrate footage to enjoy…great inspiration to get better so I can go and visit some of these places myself!

  11. Hi Andrew,

    Thank’s for taking the time to answer my questions. I really appreciate it!

  12. Dear Andrew,

    Your work is just great! I am really impressed by the things you do!
    I love neo-tropical tree-frogs, Agalychnis species are just the best. I knew someone who bred moreletii, and I myself just raised my young callidryas.

    I saw your video of the calcarifer and it’s just so interesting. Do you maybe have a movie or picture of the rain chamber for calcarifer? How many times do you breed them, once a year or maybe more?
    Your advice is very useful, keep up the good work!

    Best regards from Belgium,


    • Hi Raf,

      Thanks very much for you very kind message, I am really pleased to hear from you. We only breed the calcarifer when neccessary to maintain specific bloodlines, but you could probably breed them several times a year if you wanted to. Best with all the Agalychnis and cruziohyla to give the females a break of at least 12 weeks for best results. Cruziohyla only lay a few eggs (20-30 approx) compared with A. callidryas and the eggs are much larger. At first they look like they are infertile as they can be a bit cloudy, but they start to develop after a few days. At the moment I am in Puerto Viejo in Costa Rica but when I get back to Manchester will show you the rain chamber no problem. Best wishes, Andrew

    • Hello Raf, hope all is well with you. Please see LIVE for new footage of Cruziohyla calcarifer that may be of interest to you. Best wishes, Andrew

  13. Hi Andrew,

    Thank you for the very quick reply!
    This is all very fascinating information, thank you!

    I think Cruziohyla is just the most beautiful frog on earth, maybe together with the craspedopus…

    Well, enjoy your trip in Costa Rica, I can’t wait to go there to!
    In a few years, I will go there to, that’s for sure!

    Take care,

  14. Mmm chocolate and frogs; my two favourite things-you really are spoiling us with some great clips; the strawberry frogs are adorable 🙂
    Hope your having a great time!

  15. Hello Andrew,

    Will you be visiting the CRARC (Costa Rica Amphibian Research Center) while in Costa Rica?

    I would love to see some footage of the Agalychnis/Cruziohyla breeding projects there as well as the Centrolenidae project.

    Thanks so much and keep up the great work!


  16. Hello Andrew,

    Thank you very much for the beautiful video you have uploaded. It’s a very nice setup, and the frogs are just stunning!

    I regret that I haven’t been able to buy some frogs which were imported to Peruvian-frogimport.com, but in the future I will buy them for sure! And this information will help a lot to maybe even breed them.

    Your videos from Costa Rica are amazing as well!
    Thank you for the information and the videos!

    Keep up the great work,


    • Hi Raf, thanks very much, and pleased you liked the videos. I don’t really have anything to do with the trade, but am extremely pleased to hear you are going for captive-bred animals. Not sure exactly if it is an outlet or sister company to Understory in Canada, but if it is I am sure you will get some nice animals – and some of the money for them will go back to support the species in wild. Let me know if there is anything else I can help you with once you get them. All the best, Andrew

  17. Hi Andrew,

    Again, great videos. Thank’s for putting them up.

    Did you happen to get anymore specifics on how Brian maintains the glassfrogs? How much humidity, what temperatures?

    I’d be interested in the info.

    Thank’s in advance,


    • Hi Erik, Thanks for writing and pleased you liked the videos. Regarding the glass frogs, you may want to follow this link which provides some basics on their captive maintanence: http://www.reptilechannel.com/media/frogs-amphibians/wild-amphibians/glass-frog-basics-2.aspx.pdf
      However, it would probably be best to contact Brian direct if you need very detailed info regarding the specific glass frog species requirements. From my knowledge for the majority of Costa Rican glass frogs (most occur from Sea level to 800 metres A.S.L.), they need to be maintained at between 25-28 degrees and can have a low at night of between 17 -19. These frogs really need high levels of humidity, as their lifestyle along streams in premontane areas suggest. Best to keep them at an average humidy beteen 75 and 100%. At Brians it rarely drops between 80%. For breeding them I think between 93% – 100% is best. These frogs dehydrate really easy so anything lower that 75% and I think you are asking for trouble. Hope this helps. All the best Andrew.

  18. Hi Andrew, thanks for the reply and the link to the article. Very helpfull indeed. Glass frogs from Brian will be imported to the Netherlands and i’ll definately look in to purchasing these wonderful frogs. I have a tank set up that, judging from the specifications you gave, will be great for them.

    Take care,


  19. Hi Andrew,
    It was such a pleasure to meet you and Adam on Saturday.
    We would like to thank you for your kind comments, and say how fantastic the Panther Chameleon Vivarium is!
    Cant wait to come and see it for ourselves.
    Warm Regards
    Laura and Jamie

  20. Hi there Andrew,

    Was great to meet you again on saturday, thank you for the kind word’s on the shop (the reptile room)

    Anybody that is in the area please feel free to come and have a chat with us and have a look at the animals for yourself.

    Ben Garcia-Vico

    Ben Garcia-Vico (The Reptile Room)

  21. Brilliant video’s of Jamie and Laura’s chameleon’s and there set-up’s.

    I also highly recommend geting in touch with them if anyone is intrested in keeping chameleon’s , two of the nicest people you could meet.

    I have known both Jamie and Laura for sometime now and have to say there are two of the most knowledgeable people i have met when it comes to chameleon’s.


  22. Hi Andrew,
    It was a pleasure meeting you and Adam last week! I really enjoyed my time at the museum and it was definitely worth the four hour train journey!

    I would defiantly recommend visiting to anyone who is thinking about it. Andrew has some amazing frogs and it’s really great to see the work he is doing with them. Some of the individuals he has are the only ones in captivity outside their country, and he has already bred them! I got some really good photos of many different species most of which I have never seen before.

    Thanks again Andrew I will definitely be coming back if I get the chance, and I am really looking forward too seeing the new enclosure you are working on!

    Katy x

    • Hi Katy,

      It was great to see you again. Very pleased to hear you enjoyed your visit so much. Please keep in touch. All the best, Andrew and Adam.

  23. Hi Andrew,

    I was wondering if could show me the tank for the lemur frogs and perhaps give some info on their care.


  24. Hi Andrew, thanks again for answer my question. I’ll be sure to check if the lemurs are Panamanian or Costarican should they become available here.

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