2013, wow, what a year!
In December, Project Chicchan finished its third month of surveying in 2013. During the course of the month we recorded over 40 species of reptiles and amphibians.
Some of these were new for Project Chicchan, such as the half coral snake (Scaphiodontophis annulatus) and three calico snakes (Oxyrhopus petola).
There were of course some old faithfuls that are seen regularly around the forests of Las Guacamayas, species like spiny-scaled lizards (Sceloporus teapensis), anoles (Norops spp.) and Morelet’s crocodile (Crocodylus moreleti).
There were, however, some notable exceptions. Barba amarilla (Bothrops asper) were the second most commonly encountered snake in May and June. This time round they were not seen from the middle of November onwards to the surprise of all of us, including the guys from Las Guacamayas. Even by mid-January they had not reappeared.
Conversely, there some species that were only found a few times in May and June where can i buy levaquin that seemed prolific in December. In June we only recorded five coffee snakes (Ninia sebae), by the end of December we had recorded 28, and it is now the most commonly encountered snake of the whole year!
Where do they go and why do they appear / disappear at different times of year? These are just some of the questions we hope to be able to answer over the coming expeditions and years.
Project Chicchan relies on volunteer participation during our expeditions and we would like to thank all of you that came out and gave your time to help us during this amazing first year! We hope that you will join us again and that 2014 will see lots of new volunteers coming out and joining us in Guatemala!!!