The Reptiles & Amphibians of Ecuador

Dan Lay
By Dan Lay
Operations Manager
21st March 2022
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Our recently returned 'The Reptiles & Amphibians of Ecuador' tour was packed with highlights and the group (and leaders!) enjoyed over 66 species of amphibian including the exquisite Pinocchio Rainfrog (Pristimantis appendiculatus), Midas' Glassfrog (Teratohyla midas), Linda's Treefrog (Hyloscirtus lindae), Ecuador Mushroomtongue Salamander (Bolitoglossa equatoriana), Spix's Horned Treefrog (Hemiphractus scutatus) and Papallacta Marsupial Frog (Gastrotheca orophylax), most of which have been seen by very few people from outside of Ecuador. The reptiles discovered included Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria), Two-striped Forest-pitviper (Bothrops bilineatus), Green Anaconda (Eunectes murinus), Amazon Pygmy Gecko (Pseudogonatodes guianensis), Gibba Turtle (Mesoclemmys gibba), Banded Tree Anole (Anolis transversalis) and Black Caiman (Melanosuchus niger).

The superb cold-blooded contingent was paired with an exciting warm-blooded assemblage, the highlights of which included Long-wattled Umbrellabird, Sword-billed Hummingbird, Torrent Duck, Red-bellied Macaw, Plate-billed Mountain Toucan, Giant Otter, Kinkajou, Linnaeus’ Red Howler and Brown-throated Sloth amongst others.

At every turn Ecuador’s spectacular habitats provided a feast for the senses, lifelong memories and the group and leaders enjoyed a great camaraderie and new friendships.

Below we present a small selection of 15 photos from the tour. To view the images larger, please click on the crosshairs in the centre of each image.

Pinocchio Rainfrog (Pristimantis appendiculatus) © S.Valverde

Scarlet Macaws © J. Culebras

Two-striped Forest-pitviper (Bothrops bilineatus) © J. Culebras

Spix's Horned Treefrog (Hemiphractus scutatus) © J. Culebras

Linnaeus’ Red Howler © J. Culebras

Linda's Treefrog (Hyloscirtus lindae) © S. Valverde

Amber Phantom (Haetera piera) © J. Culebras

Masked Flowerpiercer © S. Valverde

Rainbow Boa (Epicrates cenchria) © S. Valverde

Manaus Slender-legged Treefrog (Osteocephalus taurinus) © J. Culebras

Black-collared Snake (Drepanoides anomalus) © J. Culebras

Milk Frog (Trachycephalus cunauaru) © J. Culebras

Long-wattled Umbrellabird © S. Valverde

Papallacta Marsupial Frog (Gastrotheca orophylax) © J. Culebras

White-lined Monkey Frog (Phyllomedusa vaillanti) © J. Culebras

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