Day 19: 1/16/11- Last Night In The Tropics

Today is the last day of the trip. Tomorrow I leave back for the states. Although the weather has been a tad bit rough, I got some good data and collected some data on some cichlids I had nothing on.

Today we tried some local rivers even after all the rain. Most were very cloudy, fast, and dirty. We hit the Rio Costa Rica again and I was surprised that we were able to find about a half dozen pairs each of Neets and Septs. Unfortunately, the water had low visibility and was milky and none of my pics or vids came out. We then hit the Rio Guacimito, but only for a second. We got in and were immediately smashed up against the large boulders in the river. A thigh bruise and a dinged knee later, we got out.

Tonight we wanted to go frog hunting in the swamp. It started poorly as the swamp was flooded and if we went through it would have been about waist deep and there are lots of leeches. Instead we walked the trails and had a bunch of luck finding frogs as well as some neat bugs. We had lots of luck finding even baby frogs, like the really cute baby red eye tree frog.

Baby Broad-headed Rainfrog (Eleutherodactylus megacephalus). He was about the size of a nickel.

Baby Broad-headed Rainfrog (Eleutherodactylus megacephalus). He was about the size of a nickel.

Unidentified Beetle

There are tons of these Centipede at the La Selva Field Station. These can grow to about 6 inches.

Baby Red Eyed Tree Frog! This little froggy was the size of a quarter.

Baby Red Eyed Tree Frog. They look just like a mini version of the adult from yesterday.

Unidentified Frog kicking it on a tree.

This Smoky Jungle Frog is a big one (about 7 inches long) and kicking it inside his Smoky Jungle cave he's dug.

One of the coolest things about the rainforest is the amazing comouflage of the animals. This insect blended right in.

All in all it was a fun and successful trip. Although the trip is over, the blog is gonna keep on going as I will post updates on my research as well as happenings going on in the Sacramento State University Evolutionary Ecology of Fishes Lab.

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