cusuco national park

Here’s a salamander with a vampire face for Halloween! This super cute amphibian is a Mushroom- tongue Salamander (Bolitoglossa diaphora) from my HARCC frog rescue site in Cusuco National Park, Honduras. What’s scarier than a vampire? If you’re a salamander, it’s chytrid fungus! Please join my citizen science project on iNaturalist to help track down this killer! Just click here to sign up & contribute: Even if you think to yourself, “But I never go looking for salamanders”, you still could make an important discovery! The project is called “Saving Salamanders with Citizen Science.”

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Here’s a Mossy Red-eyed Frog (Duellmanohyla soralia) from my HARCC @frogrescue field site in the mountains of Cusuco National Park. Despite the brilliant red eyes, their body patterns are very cryptic and blend into the moss and lichen that blankets the rainforest. This species is classified as endangered on the IUCN Red List.

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Here’s a special treat for all of you! No longer extinct! This frog was previously declared extinct after vanishing nearly 30 years ago. This species (Craugastor milesi) was likely a victim of amphibian chytrid fungus spreading into Honduras in the 1980’s.  I recently discovered this guy at my HARCC frog rescue site in Cusuco National Park and the species has now been reclassified as “critically endangered” on the IUCN Red List. National Geographic wrote a couple stories on it! Sadly, this forest is being attacked by people who want to use the land for agriculture. I hope this species does not disappear again, this time forever…. Follow our frog rescue page to see updates!

A salamander PSA to all my fellow herpers! Please keep your eyes peeled for dead salamanders! Now that the weather is cooling off, salamander chytrid is likely to become more deadly (it likes the cold). Help me track its spread by reporting ALL dead/dying animals that you find in this public database on iNaturalist: Saving Salamanders with Citizen Science

Please share this message–The salamanders thank you!

And now back to your regularly schedule program: Pictured above is an endangered Cortes’ Hidden Salamander (Cryptotriton nasalis) from the HARCC-Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center field site in Cusuco National Park, Honduras.

Many frog species in Honduras are at risk of extinction from chytrid fungus, like this critically endangered Ptychohyla hypomykter treefrog from my frog rescue site in Cusuco National Park. Tomorrow, I’ll be sending out our next big #HARCC frog rescue project update! So keep an eye on this page! (March 5 UPDATE!! Our first frog rescue video now added at the top of my page! Check it out!)

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Cusuco mushroom-tongue salamanders (Bolitoglossa diaphora) found at the HARCC-Honduras Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Center field site in Cusuco National Park, Honduras. As per the IUCN, this species is Critically Endangered because its Area of Occupancy is less than 10 km2, all individuals are in a single location, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat. Click HERE to see how we’re working to save amphibians in this rainforest.