Archive for July, 2016

Glass Frogs and other herpetological marvels

Monday, July 25th, 2016

glass frog Emerald Glass Frog Espadarana prosoblepon

Andreas Hertz, a herpetologist and expert on neo tropical frogs, visited us in June for the 3rd time and discovered on a night walk male glass frogs singing along the creek on our Cascade Trail. Photo by Kevin Moser

glass frog 2

Kevin Moser, who has been volunteering here since April, has shared his photos of the past months of other herpetological marvels documented here at Mount Totumas Cloud Forest

pugnosed tree frog Pugnosed Tree Frog Smilisca sp.

pugnosed tree frog 2 Smilisca sp.

Hyla sp. Hyla sp.

Eleutherodactylus sp. Eleutherodactylus sp.

Norops vociferans Anole Norops vociferans

Tropical alligator lizard Topical Alligator Lizard
Mesaspis monticola

P1020566 Earth Snake Geophis sp.

pumilio sp We have to include these beautiful photos of Pumilio frogs that Kevin photographed on a recent trip to Bastamiento Island on the Carribean side of Panama. These are not found here at Mount Totumas.

pumilio egg mass Egg mass probably of Glass Frog species.

Bats in a wooden cave

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

cenizo cave

Reinaldo and I were exploring here at Totumas for a new trail. We ended up discovering an ancient and immense dead tree laying on the forest floor with a hollowed out core that formed a wooden tunnel like cave that reached more than 40 feet deep. An amazing micro habitat, a pure wooden rotting cave. Hanging from the ceiling a group of 5 bats were chilling out and not really appreciating our presence invading their sleeping quarters.

bats in cenizo cave

Now what species of bat are these? Anyone have any idea?

Olingo on The Big Tree Loop Trail and a soaring Garamas Swallowtail.

Friday, July 15th, 2016

Olingo 1

The Olingo Bassaricyon gabbii is an elusive arboreal cloud forest mammal that is nocturnal……usually. Today we had the good fortune to encounter one with insomnia as it was active around noon and oblivious to our presence as it balanced along vines and moved up and down the trunks of trees just a few meters away from where we watching him.

Olingo 5

olingo 4

olingo 3

The Olingo is related to the Cacomistle and Kinkajou, all members of the raccoon family.

workinger family 2

The Workinger Family next to an ancient Aguacaton tree. Sophie was the photographer who captured the images of the Olingo

workinger family 1

garamas 2

Garamas 1

On the way back to the lodge in a light gap in the forest butterflies were feeding on a wild fuschia understory tree full of flowers. A Garamas swallowtail butterfly, a montane species, soared overhead in effortless circles.

A great hike!