Welcome to our January Newsletter

Hi everyone,

What an amazing year 2015 has been for Indigo Expeditions. We have had such a success with the four expeditions to Guatemala that we have run this year, with new species records on ALL of them!

We have another amazing year lined up for 2016, returning to Alta Verapaz in May for more cloud forest surveying as part of our critically endangered amphibian initiative. Following that, we are spending eight weeks in Laguna del Tigre continuing our reptile and amphibian surveying program.

I hope you will be able to join us again for more herptacular adventures in Guatemala!

Cheers, Rowland

May 2015 in Alta Verapaz

We kicked the season off with our first conservation expedition to the cloud forests of Alta Verapaz. The going was tough up in the mountains but our hard work paid off.

Out of 23 species recorded, seven were critically endangered frogs. Reptile highlights included finding an alligator lizard (Abronia fimbriata) in the shower block and being brought a Rax K’aj (Bothriechis aurifer) by a local man.

Alligator lizard Abronia fimbriata

Alligator lizard – Abronia fimbriata

Bothriechis aurifer, Yellow-blotched palm pitviper, Rax K'aj, Indigo Expeditions

Rax K’aj (Bothriechis aurifer)


Laguna del Tigre discoveries in 2015

After that we stared a six week expedition in Laguna del Tigre National Park, during which we recorded 10 new species records. These ranged from 2m long green parrot snakes (Leptophis ahaetulla) to the diminutive centipede eater (Tantilla moesta).

One of the common themes of the year was the lack of rain, a consequence of the El Niño cycle. With the rainy season delayed we decided to run our El Niño Biodiversity Assessment in Laguna del Tigre this December. This gave us four more new records for the national park (so a huge total of 14 new species records this year!).

Green parrot snake, Leptophis ahaetulla, Indigo Expeditions

Green parrot snake – Leptophis ahaetulla

Centipede snake - Tantilla moesta, Indigo Expeditions

Centipede snake – Tantilla moesta


At last the Indigo snake!

Guatemala never fails to amaze and surprise me. There is always something new to find and it could be just order levaquin online no prescription round the next corner. I guess that is why I, and others, keep coming back each year.

The fact that we found a tiger ratsnake (Spilotes pullatus) and an Indigo snake (Drymarchon corais) on the last two days of the El Niño Biodiversity Assessment (also my last two days in Laguna del Tigre this year) is testament to that.

Spilotes pullatus, Tiger ratsnake, Indigo Expeditions

Spilotes pullatus – Tiger ratsnake

Drymarchon corais, Indigo snake, Indigo Expeditions

Drymarchon corais – Indigo snake


Where do you want to be in 2016?

We have another amazing year lined up for 2016, we will be returning to Alta Verapaz in May and then spending eight weeks in Laguna del Tigre. I hope you will be able to join us again for more herptacular adventures in Guatemala!

Find YOUR expedition NOW!


Indigo snake, Drymarchon corais, Indigo Expeditions

Rowland Griffin with the Indigo snake – Drymarchon corais


2016 Conservation Expeditions

The Central Highlands of Alta Verapaz

24 May – 3 Jun 2016. Apply Now!

The highlands of Central America are well known for their biological diversity, and the highlands of Guatemala are no exception. Whilst the Guatemalan Western highlands have received a lot of attention from biologists, the Central highlands of Alta Verapaz have not.

Helmeted iguana, Corytophanes percarinatus, Indigo Expeditions

Helmeted iguana – Corytophanes percarinatus


Laguna del Tigre National Park

23 Jun – 6 Jul & 10 Jul – 23 Jul 2016 Apply Now!

One of the main aims of Indigo Expeditions is to promote the conservation of biodiversity in the Laguna del Tigre National Park. Our Expeditions allow us to carry out wildlife surveying & monitoring, specialising in the ecology and behaviour of reptiles and amphibians. We have developed a unique training programme offering our volunteer researchers invaluable experience in tropical field biology.


Tabasco mud turtle, Kinosternon acutum, Indigo Expeditions

Tabasco mud turtle – Kinosternon acutum


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