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Saving the Forest for the Frogs

The parrot snake (Leptophis ahaetulla) is found widely throughout the forests of South America. It feeds on frogs and small birds.
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

Lepidobatrachus llanensis is only found in the dry forests of the Gran Chaco ecoregion. Most of the time it lives burrowed deep in the soil, and only emerges after the first strong rains to reproduce in temporal ponds.
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

The glass frogs of the genus Hyalinobatrachium deposit their eggs underneath leaves hanging over rivulets in mountain forests. The males guard the eggs and can often be found with several egg clutches in different stages of development.
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

The reason why Hyalinobatrachium bergeri are called glass frogs becomes clear in this picture. Their venter (the undersurface of the abdomen) is translucent and it's possible to see the organs, even the beating heart.
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

The Emerald tree boa (Corallus caninus) is an arborical snake that feeds mainly on birds and small mammals. This species is often bought and sold in the U.S., Europe and Asia as part of the illegal pet trade.
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

The banded cat-eyed snake (Leptodeira annulata) feeds mainly on frogs and toads. Sometimes its prey seems to be too big...
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

Known in Spanish as the Rana Payaso (clown frog), Dendropsophus bifurcus is found in the tropical forests of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru.
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

Commonly called the marbled or veined treefrog, Phrynohyas (Trachycephalus) venulosa has paired vocal sacks, like the male pictured here who is calling to advertise his presence at the reproduction site.
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

Phyllomedusa hypochondrialis, commonly known as tiger leg monkey tree frogs, prefers to walk rather than jump.
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

One of the largest lizards in South America is the Argentine Red Tegu (Tupinambis rufescens). It is typically found in the Chaco and Montane Dry forests of Bolivia and Argentina.
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

Anacondas are among the biggest snakes in the world. This one, the yellow anaconda (Eunectes notaeus), is found in the Pantanal of South America.
PHOTO: © Steffen Reichle

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