Saturday night in the forest – who’s out and about? Reptiles and amphibians!
One species of frog makes most of the noise in the forest, best described as a two-note high pitched call: ¡coquí!, for which it is named. Eleutherodactylus coqui is the source of these noises, which are almost painfully loud, up close. Surprisingly the actual frog is not much larger than your big toe! At night they can be found on palm branches, in the forest floor litter, on rocks, or tree trunks.
Small Anolis lizards are also quite common, often found sleeping on palm fronds. Here is one we woke up!
What else awakens in darkness? More photos in another post – not only vertebrates call the forest home…