Trinidad’s Aripo Savanna complex of tropical grasslands, palm islands, marsh forest and moriche palms with numerous slow moving streams, ponds, and puddles. On June 18-19 the Herp Group from the Trinidad and Tobago field Naturalists Club surveyed the herpetofauna. The weather cooperated to a degree with occasional showers and thunderstorms and blistering heat, which creates a very nice sauna-like effect. The TTFNC-HC will summarize the results elsewhere, but here are a few of the highlights.
Rare creatures are sometimes sited on the savanna. Here is Graham White lookingfor them while well camoflaged.
|Aripo Savnna 1. The largest remaining remanant of the savanna.|
|Stevland Charles and Edmund Charles inspect Marsh Forest Vegetation|
|A Marsh Forest Pond|
|An Aripo Savanna Sundew.|
|Leptodactylus fuscus, the most commonly seen and heard amphibian on the Savanna,|
|The Scorpion Mud Turtle, Kinosternon scorpioides, a savanna and marsh|
|The Trinidad Wood Turtle, or Galup, Rhinoclemmys punctularia, another Marsh |
Forest - Savanna chelonian.
Predator & prey. The Horse Whip Snake, Oxybelis aeneus and
its prey, the Streaked Lizard, Gonatodes vittatus.
|A male Hypsiboans punctata (Hylidae) that was calling from this leaf.|
The poorly known microhylid frog, Elachistocleis surinamensis
is quite common in the Marsh Forest and at the forest edge.
|One of the day groups, with Mike Rutherford examining a turtle (middle).|