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Description: I'm not testing you, I really don't know what they are. I saw them at the philly zoo today and I think they were golden frogs? Maybe? The memory is not what it used to be but I was impressed with their beauty and outgoing personalities. Anyone know for sure what they are? Are they rare?

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User: HotRodHerps (see all of HotRodHerps's photos)
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Date: 07/30/04
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Lordoftheherps_8

Registered: 12/2003
Location: Valley Springs , Califonia
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Iam 13 & luv reptiles(mostly geckos) & luv the show 'Family Guy' i also play drums &"forecast for tomorrow, a few sprinkles of genius for the chance of doom!&"Stewie griffin

golden toads? maybe the one in the back is some kind of harlequin? Ithink golden toads were thought to be extinct?
07-30-2004 05:23AM View Lordoftheherps_8's Profile  

HotRodHerps

Registered: 09/2003
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That's what I thought when I saw them too, but I think they were called panama golden frogs, not Toads. They do look just like the golden toads that disappeared a few years ago, perhaps they have been re-discovered?? Not much of a frog person but these guys really cought my eye!
07-30-2004 04:27PM View HotRodHerps's Profile View HotRodHerps's Gallery  

HotRodHerps

Registered: 09/2003
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It probably is a harlequin toad from Panama, maybe Costa Rica. I think its a Atelopus zeteki. The golden toad, Bufo periglenes, are really extinct to the science knowledge.
07-31-2004 07:21PM View HotRodHerps's Profile View HotRodHerps's Gallery  

HotRodHerps

Registered: 09/2003
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Ok, I'll buy that. I do remember seeing something about Panama on the plaque. Thanks for the help. I'll have to see what info is available on them and if they are ever captive bred. I thought it was odd too that some had spots and others didn't... sexual dimorphism perhapps.
08-02-2004 02:05AM View HotRodHerps's Profile View HotRodHerps's Gallery  

EDK

Registered: 02/2002
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I work with this species at Philly. They are Atelopus zeteki.

Ed
08-04-2004 11:40PM View EDK's Profile View EDK's Gallery  

HotRodHerps

Registered: 09/2003
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Thanks Ed,

Do you work at the philly zoo? I'm surprised I've never seen them before, are they uncommon in captivity?
08-06-2004 08:56PM View HotRodHerps's Profile View HotRodHerps's Gallery  

EDK

Registered: 02/2002
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Yep,
I'm the amphibian keeper as well as the Lead Keeper there. I've been working there since 92.
They are only in AZA zoos and are now potentially extinct in the wild. The reason that they are only found in Zoos was at the insistance of Panama which allowed collection of the toads to breed them in captivity and preserve them. I'm going to upload a picture of a group of these to show the variety of color patterns in this species.

Ed
08-07-2004 01:30AM View EDK's Profile View EDK's Gallery  

Stormwave

Registered: 07/2004
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Would like to be a herpetologist someday, love animals, just trying to learn more about them. I'm a terrible typist...

Dude, that must be an awesome job! How'd you get it and what sort of education did you need? It's one of those careers I've considered oing for, but am not sure about throwing myself into it.
08-09-2004 06:57PM View Stormwave's Profile  

EDK

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Its a great job if that is what you really want to do but I am warning you that most Zoos have lousy pay as there are tons of people that want the job. Most Zoos today want a degree in a natural science and/or some kind of animal experience. There are a couple of schools that offer degrees in Zoo Keeping. One is the Santa Fe Teaching Zoo in Gainsville, DelVal in Pennsylvania are two that come to mind.

Ed
08-10-2004 10:46PM View EDK's Profile View EDK's Gallery  

Stormwave

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Would like to be a herpetologist someday, love animals, just trying to learn more about them. I'm a terrible typist...

Ok, will remember that.
08-11-2004 09:07PM View Stormwave's Profile  

HotRodHerps

Registered: 09/2003
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Thanks for the help Ed. Good luck with your career... I congratulate you and your colleagues. The diplays at the serpentarium are the by far finest I've ever seen. Well done.
08-13-2004 02:18AM View HotRodHerps's Profile View HotRodHerps's Gallery  

EDK

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Thanks for the compliment.

Ed
08-14-2004 04:41PM View EDK's Profile View EDK's Gallery