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April 17, 2017
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These guys are about as cute as they come. Left to right from your perspective are Herman, Irving, and Gertrude. They are named after the three baby birds my best friend and I raised when we were about eleven. Gertrude is a Chachi Tree Frog. This guy comes from Choco Rainforest, a threatened habitat in Ecuador.
In the center, Irving lives primarily in humid lowland forests and can be found in Nicaragua, Honduras, Coast Rica, Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador. He's called the Splendid Leaf Frog, and I cannot agree more. They are nocturnal and arboreal. The only time they come down from the trees is when they breed in tiny fishless pools or tree holes that have collected water.
In 2003 an on-site (in situ) conservation project was designed for the Splendid Leaf From in the Guayacan Rainforest Reserve. Since these frogs breed in water-filled cavities in standing or fallen trees, an attempt to simulate breeding sites using plastic tubs was implemented. The intention of this project was to create artificial reproductive habitats as their breeding sites in the wild had become very limited. The researchers were hoping to increase the size and vigor of the existing population. They placed tadpoles in these pools, and the project proved to be very successful. In 2007, the researchers increased the sizes of these artificial pools allowing for many more frogs to inhabit the reserve. This is one example of what conservationists have done to help these small, often overlooked groups of animals, animals that are as important as every species on the planet.
Herman is a Troschel's Tree Frog also found throughout South America. They, too, live in subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests and rivers. Their habitat is also threatened.
If you find yourself out and about in areas where frogs live, be careful. Unless you know your frogs, do not touch. Some of their secret lethal substances as a protection against predation. It works. Your beautiful eyes may have Xs in them.