All text copyright  2003-2014 by Eitan Grunwald.   All photographs copyright  2003-2014 Eitan and Ron Grunwald  (except photographs by others copyright per photo credits).  All rights reserved.
AMAZON
May 2005
 6 of 11
AMAZON
May 2005
 6 of 11
Mornings were spent on the rainforest trails.  Occasionally we’d see things overhead, like marmosets and macaws, but mostly it was little critters crawling on the ground, including lots of bugs, or the herps that eat’em (and sometimes visa versa). At one point the long-loop trail cuts right through a collection of mounds, the displaced dirt from an underground nest of leaf-cutter ants. Appropriately enough, we found a few of these frogs not far from there. More LBJs and bitey, stingy things: This frog gave us fits with its masterful misdirection, like trying to catch a magic trick.  We’d have it in our grasp with absolute certainty, but then we’d open our hands, and poof! it was gone.  With perfect slight of, uh, feet, it would just disappear.   After losing our first three, we finally managed to photo the fourth. Some beautiful bugs: The most common herps of the trip were these variable, angular toads:
All text copyright  Eitan Grunwald.  All photographs copyright  Eitan or Ron Grunwald  except photographs by others are copyright per photo credits.  All rights reserved.  Terms
Painted Antnest Frog Lithodytes lineatus
Peruvian Rain Frog Eleutherodactylus peruviana
Common Big-Headed Rain Frog Ischnocnema quixensis
Rain Frog (unidentified species) Eleutherodactylus sp.
Three-Striped Poison Frog Epipedobates trivittatus
© Dirk Stevenson
© Dirk Stevenson
Crested Forest Toad Bufo margaritifer