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Mindo is a brilliant little town nestled in the cloud forest of northwest Ecuador. It’s a popular tourist location due to the incredible diversity of wildlife, impressive waterfalls and other activities on offer, all within a short bus ride of Quito. The ride feels that bit longer, though, when you’re poisoned by a dodgy almuerzo (lunch) and your backside basically becomes a high powered brown water cannon… Luckily that only lasted for the day I was traveling, so I was free to hunt for herps unhindered which was good because there was a lot of stuff to see, including this cool frog species!

The Emerald glass frog (Espadarana prosoblepon) is found from Nicaragua and Honduras as far South as Ecuador. It thrives in lowland and montane cloud forest and is active at night, particularly around bodies of water where they can be locally quite abundant. It is listed as ‘Least Concern’ by the IUCN. This species is your classic rainforest frog; bright green and with big, kind eyes its almost impossible not to fall in love with that froggy face…