Archive for 'Amphibians'

Physalaemus sp

It looks much like Whistling frog (Physalaemus albonotatus), but I’m not certain, as I don’t recorded whether this one had the miauing sound or not. So any ID help is much appreciated!

Chaco tree frog (Hypsiboas raniceps)

During the day it’s much harder to find the frogs as you don’t have their sounds to hone in on, nor are they sitting out in the sun. In one of the many ponds emerging around the lodge I found these two individuals – both clinging onto water hyacinth leaves. Both with relatively minimal shade, […]

Whistling frog (Physalaemus albonotatus)

The sound of this frog is hilarious, and I immediately wanted it as a ring tone! Especially fascinating when you reach a pond with 10+ individuals all miauing as loud as they can. Common name should definitely be miauing frog, as it really sounds like a cat miauing. Sound recording courtesy of Marcos Felix, as […]

Chaco tree frog (Hypsiboas raniceps)

The nights at SouthWild Pantanal were filled with the sounds of frogs of many sizes and colors, and I was lucky to be able to reach this species without going deep into the water where apparently most of them were located. This pond was not far from the water tower of the lodge and I […]

Leptodactylus chaquensis

This frog was one of several of the species roaming the ground around the buildings of SouthWild Pantanal. I had to be careful where I put my feet, so a headlight is a must both if you want to see all the species, but also to avoid stepping on one. We do after all move […]

Paradoxical frog (Pseudis paradoxa)

It’s the beginning of the wet season, and there are frogs everywhere. The nights are filled with the songs of many species and it might seem a simple task to find them. They are very sensitive to movement, and how the sound waves are changed by a moving object like my body. With patience you’ll […]

Veined treefrog (Trachycephalus venulosus)

The rainy season has barely begun in Pantanal, but frogs are everywhere. This frog is climbing the walls of SouthWild Pantanal, and is one of many species I encountered. A frog haven! It’s also called milky treefrog, as the frog excretes a milky substance when caught.

Pantanal toad 01

After sunset a cacophony of frogs were calling and roaming the grounds of SouthWild Pantanal. This magnificent toad was right outside my room, and you’d better use your flashlight to ensure you don’t step on one of the slower species! Please help me identify it – leave a comment 🙂

Oval Frog (Elachistocleis bicolor)

I encountered an amazing amount of frog species during my stay at SouthWild Pantanal, and think this one has to be the most peculiar of them all. I wonder what sounds it makes? That’s the problem with frogs – when you see them they are usually already aware of your presence and go silent, and […]

Polka-dot Treefrog (Hypsiboas punctatus)

I stopped on the Transpantaneira in Pantanal to photograph some orchids out in the swamp. I managed to walk a few steps until I realised I was walking on floating vegetation that was slowly giving way to my modest weight. I was unsure as to the depth of the water, and unwillingly returned towards the […]

Veined treefrog (Trachycephalus venulosus)

This is one of a few frogs species I found when I stayed in Porto Jofre. When agitated the frog releases a milky substance from the skin which is very irritating to humans – handle with care! Also called Milky treefrog and pepper treefrog.

Maldonada Redbelly Toad (Melanophryniscus moreirae)

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Maldonada Redbelly Toad (Melanophryniscus moreirae)

The very last couple of kilometres of road to the plateau of Itatiaia National Park is blocked by the park entrance, and even though you can drive to the camping site by the small dam, it’s not worth it! You’ll miss all the magnificent flora and fauna along the dirt road. In the rainy season […]

Itatiaia toad

This is my first night at Hotel do Ype in Itatiaia National Park, and I’m exploring the wide variety of nocturnal activities here. This large toad was on the hunt for insects and was seemingly quite old, as it had learned to follow the light of the dining room. Here the myriads of moths and […]

Cristalino Jungle Lodge frog 01

The new rooms at Cristalino Jungle Logde have a great open air shower, and thus a great place to observe visiting frogs after dark. Not all were in reach of my camera, though. This is a very small frog, so image is deceiving. Please help identify it – leave a comment!

Madidi toad 01

Most of the toads are very well camouflaged, and during the day you’ll see them only if they move. Please help me identify it – leave a comment.

Poison frog (Epipedobates sp)

During the day you might not see many frogs, but at night you hear the many frog species around Chalalan. This one was still at it well into the morning, as you can see. I spotted this one alongside the trail leading to and from the Tuichi river.

Spot-legged poison frog (Epipedobates pictus)

During the day you might not see many frogs, but at night you hear the many frog species around Chalalan. I spotted this one alongside the trail leading to and from the Tuichi river.

Altiplano toad 01

Toads are much more drought tolerant than frogs, and can thus tolerate loss of water for much longer. Just a few days ago water was flowing here, and now I met many toads seemingly unable to know what to do or where to go. This one is full of mud, probably from the location it […]

South American Common Toad (Rhinella margaritifera)

A tiny toad that’s impossible to spot when still, and even when it’s moving it can be hard, as it’s incredibly well camouflaged. Called Sapo Crestado in Spanish, and I find that a lot more descriptive than the English, as this toad does have a ridge or crest along its back. This species is currently […]

South American Common Toad (Rhinella margaritifera)

A tiny toad that’s impossible to spot when still, and even when it’s moving it can be hard, as it’s incredibly well camouflaged. Called Sapo Crestado in Spanish, and I find that a lot more descriptive than the English, as this toad does have a ridge or crest along its back. It is currently under […]

Roraima bush toad (Oreophrynella quelchii)

If you haven’t seen this toad on top of Roraima, you have definitely heard it. Yet you might not know it’s the sound of a toad, as it resembles a mellow drip of water. So mellow and soft that it simply blends in with the myriads of sounds from water, which is abundant on Roraima. […]