Mountains, monsoons and mosquitoes: here are the highlights from amphibian biologist Dr Jodi Rowley's diary of her recent field trip to Central Vietnam. She was on the hunt for new and rare species of frogs...
I washed a couple of my clothes this morning, and caught myself standing near the makeshift clothes line, sniffing the armpits of one of my t-shirts, amazed that it smelt good. What has happened to me!?
After the semi-regular downpour just before nightfall, we headed out to survey. Because we’ve surveyed in the area for a while now, almost all of the frogs we’ve seen before, so it was great to find one species that we hadn’t seen- a large tree frog, just sitting near the hut! I also recorded the call of a couple of cascade frogs, but the stream was raging and almost washed me away during my attempts.
My feet have seen better days- I’m trying desperately to cling on to my big-toenails, and I no longer have ankles, from hitting them on rocks in the stream.
Tomorrow we head back to the edge of the forest for our last survey night.
Come back to the Science Bytes blog tomorrow for highlights of Day 12- the last blog entry for this trip!
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