Herp of the day

Herp of the day: Mutable Rainfrog

The Mutable Rainfrog (Pristimantis mutabilis)  is a species of frog found in the Ecuadorian Andes in the Pichincha and Imbabura Provinces. It is the first known amphibian species that is able to change skin texture from tuberculate to almost smooth in a few minutes, an extreme example of phenotypic plasticity. The specific epithet mutabilis (changeable) refers … Continue reading

Herp of the day

Herp of the day: Pinocchio Anole

The Pinocchio Anole (Anolis proboscis) also known as the Proboscis anole, Ecuadorian horned anole or Pinocchio lizard, is a small lizard belonging to the genus Anolis.  A single male specimen was discovered in 1953 in Ecuador and formally described by Peters and Orces in 1956, but the species then went unreported until a rediscovery in 2007. It … Continue reading