Category Archives: Amphiban

Kihansi Spray Toad

Kihansi Spray Toad

Last year, I was excited to see the Kihansi spray toad at the Bronx Zoo, as it was one of the few places it was possible to see them.

I had forgotten that there were some at the Chatanooga Zoo. The other place you can see them is the Toledo Zoo.

I haven’t been Toledo, which means that I’ve only seen two thirds of the global population of these little guys.

Yeah, you can’t find them in Kihansi anymore, just in zoos.

Chinese Giant Salamander

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Of course, when I’m there with a half-working system, that’s the time the Chinese giant salamander decides to pose. Good thing the Sony system does well in low light.

For those that track such things, this is a 100% crop at ISO 3200, hand-held at 1/60th of a second.

The salamander was about 15 feet* away. It would have looked a lot better on my Nikon.

* 4.5ish meters for those who use a decent** measurement system
** About 18.3 cham ams, for those who don’t

Golden Mantella

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This frog is ticked off that he wasn’t consulted on the directorial choices of the latest movie in his favorite series. How dare they make make creative character choices while working within variants of the same mythic narrative structure as all of the other movies, especially after how lambasted they were for the previous film being so duplicative of others in the series? And the new aliens just piss him off. It’s a completely different galaxy for crying out loud. Everyone knows that galaxies are populated by exactly 153 alien races. Mostly, though, he is upset that $23 (including a medium size drink) doesn’t give him the right to dictate the direction of a billion dollar franchise.

He’s going to see the movie two more times, just to verify that he’s well and truly angry, and then it’s off to Reddit!

Kaiser Newt

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This salamander is considered critically endangered because it lives in only four streams in the southern Zagros Mountains of Iran.

An interesting thing about this listing is that, like some critically endangered species, it thrives in captivity and there are a number of these guys in private hands. Even though they breed well in captivity, they should still be considered critically endangered because the genetic distribution of the captive population may not be as robust as that in the wild, and counting species health based solely on numbers can not be considered indicative of viability.