Monday, July 25, 2011

Costa Rica - Day 12-13 More frogs

So far we have seen at least 12 species of frogs around our little patch. The latest include Costa Rica’s largest tree frog, the Milk Frog (Phrynohyas venulosa), and one of the tiny, almost transparent glass frogs. Each night we have at least five large male Masked Tree Frogs (Smilisca phaeota) swimming and calling from the kids' inflatable wading pool.

The Gladiator Tree Frog (Hyla rosenbergi)

A tiny Glass Frog Glass frog (Hyalinobatrachium sp). These frogs have an unusual appearance as their large eyes face forward more than most other species.

Glass Frogs as their name suggests are relatively see-through. From beneath the heart and other organs can be clearly seen.

Hourglass Tree Frog (Hyla ebraccata)

Hourglass Tree Frog (Hyla ebraccata)

Hourglass Tree Frog (Hyla ebraccata)

Hourglass Tree Frog (Hyla ebraccata). Another individual with patterns as unique as a fingerprint.

A Masked Tree Frog (Smilisca phaeota). One of the nightly visitors to the toddlers pool.

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas). This is the iconic frog of Costa Rica. Images of this species are used in all manner of promotion materials for eco-tourism. It took us a while to see one, but this little guy turned up in the front yard.

Red-eyed Tree Frog (Agalychnis callidryas)

Milk Frog (Phrynohyas venulosa). This is Costa Rica’s largest tree frog, growing to over 100mm in body length. It is highly variable in colour and pattern, but has distinctive glandular skin on its back .

A tiny tree frog metamorph, which had just left the water. (This one is for you Claire)

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