Eye of caiman (Gamboa, Panama) - This was a particularly friendly caiman who liked to visit our experimental pond. In 2016 I transported our lab’s canoe out to the Chagres River for a nighttime paddle. I was shocked at how many glints of caiman eyeshine I saw along the water. It’s no wonder we’re advised against swimming in this river.
Summit of Mount Vallunaraju (Elevation: 18,655 ft, Cordillera Blanca, Andes of Peru) - I got up from fetal position just long enough to snap this photograph.
Túngara frog (Gamboa, Panama) - These adorable fellers are dubbed the “potato chips of the rainforest” because everything likes to eat them. I dearly miss falling asleep to their characteristic whine-chuck.
Child dips his toes in the water (Gamboa, Panama) - Another misty morning in the tropics.
Giant cave cockroach (Gamboa, Panama) -
Dendrobates auratus (Gamboa, Panama) - discovered at the canopy tower.
Glassfrog I (Soberanía National Park, Panama) - a very photogenic glassfrog.
Leptophis (Gamboa, Panama) - A local parrot snake discovered at the canopy tower in typical defence posture. Their bark is worse than their bite. While helping with a project where we had to handle them, I got nibbled and was grateful that they’re only “mildly venomous”…
Snake friend (Cerro Chucantí,Darién, Panama) - I was lucky enough to spend 5d and 4n slipping & sliding in the mud & muck searching for new ranitas to hold. We found some other beautiful creatures along the way. Muchísimas gracia a ADOPTA for taking care of all the logistics of getting to the cloud forest and generally making this expedition possible. More than 35 endemic species have been discovered here in recent years! Grateful to have played a small role in this international conservation effort.
Potoo (Gamboa, Panama) - It’s still a dream of mine to spot a potoo in the wild. I spent 5 field seasons in Panama searching and still haven’t seen one. I guess this friendly frog will have to do :)
Tailless whip scorpian (Cerro Chucantí,Darién, Panama) - This was the biggest Amblypygid I had ever seen. Apparently this family is what the spider in harry potter was based from, but they’re not actually spiders and they are harmless to humans!
Cochranella granulosa (Soberanía National Park, Panama) - another very photogenic glassfrog.