Giant monkey frog (photo)
The giant monkey frog of Peru is known for its mind-altering skin secretions. Shamans in the Amazon rainforest use this species in hunting rituals. This frog lives in the newly created Sierra del Divisor National Park in Peru.
Colorful chameleon (photo)
Male panther chameleon (Furcifer pardalis). More pictures from Madagascar.
Red-eyed tree frog (photo)
Red-eyed tree frog, a species found widely in lowland rainforests from southern Mexico to Colombia’s Choco.
Picture: Blue-footed poison frog
Blue-footed poison dart frog (Oophaga pumilio) from Panama
Picture: Red-eyed tree frog
Photo by Rhett A. Butler.
1,000 new species discovered in New Guinea
Varanus macraei, a monitor lizard first described in 2001, lives on the island of Batanta. WWF calls it “one of the most spectacular reptile discoveries anywhere… with a mesmerising pattern of turquoise and blue.” Photo © Lutz Obelgonner. Scientists discovered more than 1,000 previously unknown species during a decade of research in New Guinea (slideshow), says a new report from WWF. Final Frontier: Newly Discovered...
Bizarre: tadpoles seen wiggling inside daddy’s vocal sac (video)
Males gobbling babies. Wiggly tadpoles bulging beneath the skin. Yeah, okay, that’s bizarre, but it’s also the lifestyle of Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma darwinii), an endangered species that was found by Charles Darwin himself. While the females carry the eggs, the male Dawin frogs carry the young tadpoles in its vocal sac (of all places!) for a fortnight. The footage was filmed and produced by EDGE Fellow Claudio...
Photos: the end of the radiated tortoise?
Like the American bison or the passenger pigeon the radiated tortoise (Astrochelys radiata) has gone from super-abundant to nearly extinct. The species could be gone by 2030 warn researchers. Photo by Robert Walker. Once one of the world’s most abundant tortoises, numbering in the millions, Madagascar’s radiated tortoise is on the very brink of extinction. Killed for their meat by one of the world’s most impoverished...
Pictures: Saving threatened frogs
Hand-feeding a sick Hyloscirtus colymba tree frog. The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project is racing to save amphibians as the deadly chytrid fungus spreads down Central America. The disease is presently between Panama City and Colon. Juvenile Atelopus certus. Pristimantis species. Undescribed Pristimantis species. Juvenile Atelopus certus. Atelopus limosus. More photos to come. All photos by Rhett A....
Researcher brings home new species of Malaysian gecko (video)
Herpetologist Lee Grismer discovers a new species of gecko sporting lovely colors and lines. Dr. Lee Grismer from the La Sierra University in Riverside, California, shows off the world’s newest gecko, captured in a cave in...
Photos: tortoise dwarfed by grape, seriously
No, this is not photoshopped: this month-old Egyptian tortoise (Testudo kleinmanni) is actually dwarfed by a grape. A new resident of the Zoological Society of London’s (ZSL) Whipsnade Zoo, Bedfordshire, the tortoise is the offspring of a group of tortoises seized by customs last year as a sting on the illegal pet trade. The tiny tortoise pictured weighs 0.2 ounces (6 grams), but within a decade will weigh nearly hundred times...
Photo: caiman eye
A flashlight catches a camian’s eye in Brazil. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
Photos: Bornean gliding leopard tree frog
The Bornean gliding leopard tree frog (Rhacophorus pardalis). Shots taken from a recent visit to Gunung Palung National Park in Kalimantan. Photos by Rhett A. Butler,...
Photo: the shadow cast by a tree frog
A tree frog photographed in Amacayacu National Park, Colombia, 2010. We have been unable to identify this species, if you know please contact us. Photo by: Rhett A. Butler.
Photos: green basilisk
A green basilisk (Basiliscus plumifrons) escapes onto a branch from a stream in Costa Rica. Photos by Rhett A. Butler. More photos of green...
Video: bizarre purple frog sounds like a squeaky toy
Native to India, the purple frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) is listed as Endangered by the IUCN Red List. The species is also a focal amphibian for the innovative ZSL EDGE program, which selects the species it works with based on their evolutionary uniqueness and threat level. According to the EDGE website: “The purple frog is the sole representative of an ancient lineage of frogs that has been evolving independently for...
Picture: baby dinosaur hatching?
Not a dinosaur, but this photo shows a baby Mertens’ water monitor hatching from its egg in the World of Reptiles nursery at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Bronx Zoo.
Video: giant leaf-tailed gecko hunting at night
Footage from the BBC’s new program Madagascar. The giant leaf-tailed gecko (Uroplatus fimbriatus) is found on the islands of Nosy Mangabe (mongabay.com’s namesake) and Nosy Bohara. To see photos of Uroplatus fimbriatus and other Malagasy geckos: Leaf-tailed geckos of...
Photo: close-up baby caiman
Close-up of a baby caiman in Costa Rica. Photos by Rhett A. Butler.
Find the poison frog!
Look closely to spot the Green and black poison dark frog (Dendrobates auratus in the rainforest canopy in Colombia. See more photos below of the frog in Colombia. Unlike many Neotropical frogs, this species is listed as Least Concern by the IUCN Red List. Photos by Rhett A. Butler. Click to see more photos of poison dart...