News from the field – Community Cloud Forest Conservation
Expedition to the cloud forests of Alta Verapeaz, Coban, Guatemala 16 – 29 May 2015
The expedition has arrived safely in the cloud forest of alta verapaz, Central Guatemala! Happy herping !
First survey day – and a new species of helmeted iguana found in the Alta Verapaz valley, near Coban!
Alligator lizard Abronia gaiophantasma found in roof of shower block!
Corytophanes percanatus found – first record of this species of helmeted iguana for Coban!
We found our first snake today – a coffee snake. Its been raining all afternoon, hoping it will bring more snakes out.
Top find for today was the rare coffee snake Ninia pavimaculata – very exciting indeed!
New records of 2 species of Plectrohyla treefrog. these are new records for the area. One has only been previously recorded from one other location.
Tapir tracks found in Alta Verepaz mountains! Tapirs haven’t been found here for maybe 50 years – this is AWESOME news.
Little activity with a prolonged dry season in Coban. The rains http://quotecorner.com/amoxil.html have only just started to come as the dry season has been really long this year.
Climbing to 1950m in search of arboreal pitvipers since 5am… no signs yet!
After 2 days with little activity, we found 4 snakes! One of which is the rare pitviper Bothriechis aurifer – local name Rax K’aj or ‘green lightning’.
Last day of the Expedition to Alta Verepaz, Coban… lets see what turns up on the last day!
We are all packed and ready to head back to the city. Massive thanks to Tara, Rob and the staff at Community Cloud Forest Conservation for being amazing hosts!
With the Volunteers researchers all safely on their ways home…. Rowland is taking some much deserved R&R at the coast… while also checking on progress of the sea turtle project at El Banco… more news of that to come!!!
Exciting times for Indigo Expeditions.. and a big thank you to all our Volunteers.. we really can’t do this without you!
– Adela Mei
(Photo: Bothriechis aurifer)