Herping Panama - Sierra Llorona area in Colon Province

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Carlcia
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Herping Panama - Sierra Llorona area in Colon Province

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Hey everyone! So back in 2019 I assisted University of Florida PhD Candidate Ed Basham in conducting canopy surveys for amphibians in Panama. Here are some photos of the time spent there, which was in July and August. I have a love/hate relationship with Panama - on one hand the biodiversity is out of this world, and on the other hand, the country's beautiful natural landscapes are being exploited by its inhabitants for quick profit. Feel free to comment or ask questions. You can also email me at [email protected].
Enjoy!
Bothrops asper
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Praying mantis
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Pristimantis gaigei
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Nothopsis rugosus
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Sphaerodactylus sp.
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Phrynonax poecilonotus
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Andinobates fulguritus
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Chironius grandisquamous
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Kinosternon sp.
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Leptophis riveti
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Ameiva
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Zombie FUNGUS!
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Dipsas articulata
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Sibon nebulatus
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Leptodeira septentrionalis
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Caiman crocodilus
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Dendrophidion apharocybe
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Oophaga pumilio
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Oxybelis aeneus
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Cruziohyla calcarifer
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Oscaecilia ochrocephala
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Noah Carl with the big Sibon nebulatus
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Habitat shot
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Agalychnis callidryas
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I think I ran out of space, so maybe a part 2 below haha

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Here are the rest of the photos:
Lepidophyma flavimaculatum
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L. septentrionalis feasting on A. callidryas eggs
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Bolitoglossa sp. (I think B. biseriata, but I could be wrong)
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Not sure on this one... Some type of glass frog I think
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Little Bothrops asper
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Rhadinaea decorata
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Not sure on this frog either...
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Porthidium nasutum
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Sibon argus
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Ninia maculata
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Corytophanes sp.
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Habitat shot
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Ptychoglossus sp.
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Rhadinaea sargenti
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Oxybelis brevirostris
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Imantodes cenchoa
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Enuliophis sclateri
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Pliocercus euryzonus
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That's a monster Sibon nebulatus, had no idea any species from the genus grows this big. Will be great if u throw in a couple more pics of the beast.
It's a dream to spend at least a couple of months with some research project in such neotropical paradise, the normal tourist thing won't suffice ! How exactly you applied for the role, any particular qualification for such assistant work ?

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Noah

I've never been to the tropics, so I have to vicariously travel with the aid of more daring types as yourself. The Nothopsis is a very strange snake!
If it's of any import, I think your finger Dendrophidion is a neonate Erythrolamprus epinephelus juvenalis, and your "not sure of" frog is, perhaps, Smilisca phaeota.
Thanks for the post,

Jeff

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Mirza Shahzad wrote:
February 11th, 2021, 6:05 am
That's a monster Sibon nebulatus, had no idea any species from the genus grows this big. Will be great if u throw in a couple more pics of the beast.
It's a dream to spend at least a couple of months with some research project in such neotropical paradise, the normal tourist thing won't suffice ! How exactly you applied for the role, any particular qualification for such assistant work ?
Hey thanks! Yea the Sibon was a chunky monkey for sure haha. Look for positions on the TAMU job board (https://wfscjobs.tamu.edu/job-board/) and hope something pops up is my suggestion. There wasn't really qualifications for the position I took in Panama - except being relatively fit enough to climb trees and deal with loads of insects. Having a Biology degree and hands-on herp experience didn't hurt, but field work is so much more than just an interest in the subject. It's also probably good to be a bit outgoing and jovial. Especially if it's just you and another researcher in the field for a few months!

Hope that helps!
-- Noah

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Jeff wrote:
February 11th, 2021, 6:41 pm
Noah

I've never been to the tropics, so I have to vicariously travel with the aid of more daring types as yourself. The Nothopsis is a very strange snake!
If it's of any import, I think your finger Dendrophidion is a neonate Erythrolamprus epinephelus juvenalis, and your "not sure of" frog is, perhaps, Smilisca phaeota.
Thanks for the post,

Jeff
Hey thank you for your correction and the Smilisca ID. You sure know how to ID for have never been to the tropics! Have a good one.

-- Noah

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This was a great show. To pick favorites if i had to this time around looking, I really liked the pic of the bothrops on the leaf. I also really like the Parrot Snake extending from the sector in the fronds.

That ones poetry.

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