– So every night the herp team goes out between the hours of like 7 and 3am looking for snakes, and frogs, and salamanders. And then they bring them back to camp, so we’re gonna go with them and see what we find. – Ooh, bat.
– (Emily) What was that? – (Emily) A bat?
– Yeah. – So Markus found this Anolis sleeping up here on the twig. Sleeping, or pretending to be a stick, hoping that we won’t see him. He’s looking at me like, “please don’t pick me up.” “Please don’t pick me up, please don’t see me.” For one thing, it doesn’t blend in with its stick very well. It did a pretty poor job pickin’ a stick to sit on. But it’s bright green and it has these lines on it. It’s an Anolis transversalis?
– (Markus) Si.
– (Emily) Si? Because it’s named after the lines that it has on its body. And it has like, funny little webbed feet kinda like a gecko, and a pretty blue eye that it’s using to stare at me. Kinda cool. – Pablo found this spiny-backed tree frog over here. And one of our botanists found one in the same genus earlier today. You can tell that it’s got this beautiful white back to it. Helps it camouflage in with the branch, so— ohp, there it goes. I got him. He jumped out of my hand as I— Woah! Woahp, woahp.
– They’re slippery. – Yeh, woahp. Okay, I got a frog. So this has been an ordeal, trying to get this guy this evening. He’s got sticky fingers, too. He jumped on the camera a minute ago. And I’ve also been told that I shouldn’t be touching my face after holding him, because their skin is poison. – They’re stink bugs, but they kind of smell like pineapple juice with tangerines in it. – (Alvaro) And you know what? It was here, and now it sort of hurts here. – Oh. Ow. Ooh! – So what you should do is just pour some water.
– Hoo! Ugh. That was a terrible idea!
– Mine is going away. – Mine’s not. Don’t pick up random things you find in the forest. – Do you want some?
– I’m just getting a little rash. Yeah, just put some water there, please. Thank you. I’m not sure what’s the association with this vine, but they all love it. You saw how strong it was, that I felt it over my t-shirt. And yours was over bare skin.
– Yeah, it was on my skin. – But now it’s gone. Now I don’t feel it anymore.
– Aww. Good for you. God. – Oh, Tom. What just happened? – I smelled a fruity smell, and then a burning feeling on my neck. …. Aaaaaaand… stink bug. – Stink bug happened? – Yeah, apparently it had attached itself to my camera. – Yeah, that’s why it flew off when I started recording you? – Exactly, yeah. I’ve been feeling some more jumping on me right now. – Yeah, now I’m going to be paranoid all night. – Yeah. I think we’re under one of those goddamn vines. – Yeah, let’s get out of here! – So we were walking along with Pablo for quite a while, waiting for him to find a snake. We kept asking, “Pablo, when are you gonna find us a snake?” Got kinda tired, turned around to head back to camp. We’re probably 5 minutes away, and we hear “un serpiente!” We came running back, and this is what he had found. – It’s a whip snake, Chironius fuscus. – And you think it’s a juvenile?
– Mhmm. It’s a juvenile. – So when we came into camp on the first day, both Tom and I stepped over something that was like 2 meters long—don’t bite me— —and very fast. Was that a relative of this guy? – Uh huh. Other species, more… bigger. – And this one seems to be very interested in biting you at every opportunity. – It’s like a fish bite.
– Like a fish bite? – Small. – (Alvaro, off camera) Well, sharks are fishes…
– Yeah, sharks are fish, too. – Depending on which fish…