Friday, April 10, 2009

Green frog

In all the years I've been at Bosque Santa Lucia, this is only the third time that I've seen this species of frog. After posting an image of the second find, a reader (anatohmy) posted the following comment: "I think this frog may be infected with batrachochytrium dendrobatidis, a disease caused by chytrid fungus. this disease is a main cause for the current global decline of amphibians. usually frogs that are infected with it seem depressed, are immobile, and die shortly thereafter. very sad!!" The frog in the attached image seems to be in better physical condition than the others. Search "green frog" on this blog to see pictures of the first two finds. I found this one in a small branch of foliage that had gotten caught in a palm frond.

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