Some days/lately I honestly feel like all I do is post to Instagram and followers are cool, but grand scheme it doesn’t really matter. Got to do and see a few cool things with my work today though so it’s good to be pulled out of that funk. Nothing earth shattering, but still good and fun stuff 👌🏻🐸.
Rana Enana de Peters (Engystomops petersi: LEPTODACTYLIDAE) cerca del Parque Nacional Yasuní. Esta rana es principalmente nocturna pero es posible verla en el día. Es totalmente terrestre y como mecanismo de defensa se esconde en las hojas del piso. Lo mas distintivo son los puntos rojos en el dorso (foto 2) y la coloración de su vientre (foto 3). Esta rana se alimenta exclusivamente de termitas.
If you saw my story a few days ago or my temporary post over the weekend, you may recognize this little cutie! I found him this past Saturday morning and noticed that he didn't look too great. He was extremely skinny, and he also had an issue with one of his eyes that I believe he wasn't able to see out of, which probably contributed to the skinnyness since I'd imagine it's pretty difficult to hunt with only one good eye. If you swipe over to the fourth photo you can see what he looked like when I first found him. I felt terrible for the poor little guy and couldn't just leave him to fend for himself so I decided to take him in over the weekend to try fattening him up a bit before releasing him. I only had him until Monday morning, so a total of two nights, since I knew I wouldn't be at home to take care of him all day on Monday. So I didn't have tons of time to help him out, but I think I at least helped a little bit. The first two photos were taken on Monday morning right before I let him go, and I think he has noticeably more meat on his little bones than he did on Saturday, so I was happy that it seems like I made any kind of progress with him! Oh, and I believe that third photo was taken on Sunday when I took him outside to give him some extra room to hop around for a while. The little cutie found a gap under the box I'd been keeping him in and decided to squeeze himself under there to hide! I thought it was super cute so I just needed to take a quick photo haha. I never picked out a name for him because I didn't want to get myself attached, so I just referred to him as "buddy" or just "the frog" in place of a name. But even though I knew from the beginning that I'd be releasing him on Monday, it was still pretty difficult to let him go. I've never temporarily cared for an animal before so this was my first experience like this and I have to say, saying goodbye isn't very fun. I was sad, but I knew he'd be much better off in the wild where he belongs, so it was bittersweet. I only had this frog for a few short days, but I loved every second of it and I'm extremely grateful I had the opportunity to care for the little cutie!
Lula is getting so big ☺️❤️ I remember when I first got her. She was smaller than my fingernail and very skinny. She obviously wasn’t eating and was very fragile. I didn’t get too attached because I honestly didn’t think she’d make it. Now she’s getting plump and growing quite a bit!! Once she reaches the size of Liam and Gabi, they’ll all three be introduced. Aka more squish puddles 🐸