Amphibians: Frogs in my Amazon kitchen.

Have just seen a program in which David Attenborough talks about a fungus, the chytrid fungus,that is decimating frog populations around the world. It is an awful thought that we could lose these fascinating creatures. Here is a diary piece from my last stay in the forest:
Frogs and toads frequented the kitchen. The photo shows one of my favourites. A large frog, orangey brown, with dark stripes. I hate cockroaches, the only insects I can’t bear, and these frogs ensured that they were not a problem, so were welcome living pest controllers. They moved easily about the wooden walls of the kitchen, securely attached by their sucker like feet and could frequently be found between the large serving spoons, forks, knives, colanders and saucepans that hung from hooks on the walls.
They do not stay in the kitchen entirely though. One day I was taking, carefully, the washing from the line, when something large and cold slapped onto my chest. I froze rigid thinking it was a snake, but the frog then jumped back onto the wall, leaving me shaking with fright. The eyes of these frogs are amazing. They are a dark blue with red flashes surrounded by a golden filigree edge, like precious jewels. Stunning.
There were tiny, brightly coloured frogs too. They do not like the walls of the lodge, instead preferring cool, dark, damp places. I found a particularly pretty one; tiny, pink and white and delicately patterned, in the toe of a Wellington boot. I went to pick this pretty frog up, but my hand was grabbed and pulled away. It was poisonous, as are most small frogs. I learnt on day one in the rainforest that many creatures like closed-in footwear. I was told never to put on a pair of shoes or boots without investigating the toes first with a stick and this I did religiously.

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