Poison dart frog
|Copyright: Christian Oskamp (crissie78)
|Date Taken: 2005-05-16|
|Exposure: f/4, 1/60 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2006-01-08 7:41|
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|Epipedobates trivittatus - Three stripes Poison dart frog|
Males 37-40 mm., females 42-46 mm. The dorsal skin is granular, black, suffused with green. The flanks are black, bordered by a broad bright electric-green dorsolateral line extending from the tip of the snout to the groin, extending the full length of the hind leg. A bright green labial stripe extends onto the arm. The venter is black with blue spots in the groin area. The iris is dark brown.
terre firme forest.
carnivorous: prey includes insects and and any other small creatures it can catch.
Diurnal and terrestrial, this species is usually associated with fallen branches and small gaps in the forest, frequently near fallen palm fronds, where it feed primarily on small ants. Males call from the ground or some low perch, mainly early in the morning and in late afternoon. The call is a series of ticklike notes. Males can carry up to 45 tadpoles on their backs. As you can see in the picture this one is carrying tadpoles on his back
The picture is taken in Brownsberg naturepark in Surinam. The frog is very common there. Hope you like it.
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Very interesting and strange looking frog Chris. I think the backside of this frog looks almost as if it is covered in a mass of eggs..
Good detail, color, light and composed well.
Howard is is right about those being eggs on the back, the parent will carry them on the back until they hatch into tadpoles they will find a body of water trapped by a bromlaid or the like and they will be deposited there where they morph into young adult frog. Nice shot demonstrating this life cycle. Well done Chris. :)