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In July 2017, I joined biologist Víctor Acosta Chaves, M.Sc. and his team for a survey of the amphibians and reptiles of the Texas A&M University's Soltis Center for Research and Education (Soltis Center). The Center protects low to mid elevation rainforest (~500m above sea level) and connects with one of the largest pieces of protected land in Central America (Bosque Eterno de los Niños, the largest private reserve in Costa Rica). Situated on the Caribbean side of the continental divide east of Monteverde, the reserve receives a lot of rainfall and thus is perfect habitat for many amphibians. Over three days and nights we found at least 22 amphibian species! So as to assist future visitors to the TAMU Soltis Center in identifying the amphibians they encounter, I created this webpage. Enjoy the photos, and if you are fortunate enough to visit the Soltis Center, happy frogging!

Texas A&M Soltis Center costa rica
The Texas A&M University's Soltis Center for Research and Education

 

Agalychnis callidryas

Agalychnis callidryas Red Eyed Treefrogs amplexus TAMU Soltis Center 1Agalychnis callidryas Red Eyed Treefrogs amplexus TAMU Soltis Center 3Agalychnis callidryas Red Eyed Treefrogs amplexus TAMU Soltis Center 4Agalychnis callidryas Red Eyed Treefrogs amplexus TAMU Soltis Center 5

Agalychnis saltator

Agalychnis saltator TAMU Soltis Center 1aAgalychnis saltator TAMU Soltis Center 3Agalychnis saltator TAMU Soltis Center 9

Craugastor fitzingeri

Craugastor fitzingeri 1 TAMU Soltis CenterCraugastor fitzingeri 2 TAMU Soltis Center

Dendropsophus ebraccatus

Dendropsophus ebraccatus TAMU Soltis Center 3Dendropsophus ebraccatus TAMU Soltis Center 5 550aDenropsophus ebraccatus tamu soltis center 1

Duellmanohyla rufioculis

Duellmanohyla rufioculis TAMU Soltis Center 1 550

Oophaga pumilio

strawberry poison dart frog Oophaga pumilio

Pristimantis cerasinus

Pristimatis cerasinus Soltis Center 1Pristimatis cerasinus Soltis Center 2

Pristimantis ridens

Pristimatis ridens

Rana vaillanti

Rana vaillanti

Rana warszewitschii

Rana warszewitschii TAMU Soltis Center 1Rana warszewitschii TAMU Soltis Center 3

Rhaebo haematiticus

Rhaebo haematiticus

Teratohyla spinosa

Teratohyla spinosa tamu soltis center 2Teratohyla spinosa amplexus TAMU Soltis Center 1Teratohyla spinosa amplexus TAMU Soltis Center 2Teratohyla spinosa amplexus TAMU Soltis Center 6Teratohyla spinosa amplexus TAMU Soltis Center 7Teratohyla spinosa amplexus TAMU Soltis Center 7 glowing

Tlalocohyla loquax

Tlalocohyla loquax

Amphibians we found in July 2017

Agalychnis callidryas
Agalychnis saltator
Bufo marinus
Centrolene ilex
Cochranella granulosa
Craugastor bransfordii
Craugastor crassidigitus
Craugastor fitzingeri
Craugastor gollmeri
Dendropsophus  ebraccatus
Diasporus diastema
Duellmanohyla rufioculis
Leptodactylus savagei
Oophaga pumilio
Pristimantis cerasinus
Pristimantis ridens
Rana vaillanti
Rana warszewitschii
Rhaebo haematiticus
Teratohyla spinosa
Tlalocohyla loquax
Smilisca baudinii

The Soltis Center also protects some beautiful waterfalls:
Waterfall TAMU Soltis Center group shot flag
Waterfall TAMU Soltis Center group shot flag 2
Thanks again to biologist Víctor Acosta Chaves, M.Sc. and his team:Waterfall TAMU Soltis Center Paula Victor Adriana Kerry

SAVE THE FROGS! Founder Dr. Kerry Kriger:
Waterfall KK TAMU Soltis Center 1Waterfall Hike TAMU Soltis Center 15

Thanks again to the staff and management of the Soltis Center!
 
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