Greater Hatchet Faced Treefrog (Sphaenorhynchus lacteus)  by Jason Weigner

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This photo was recently nominated for the Nactus Award an annual herpetological photography competition. I have been hoping for some time to make it into this competition and am quite excited to have had a photo nominated this year. This photo was nominated for Category 8: Scientific record.

Voting for the nominated photos will be held until Nov. 26. To vote for your favorite photo in each of the 8 categories, go to:

The story behind the photo:
While on a 10 day river trip in the Beni (Amazon Basin region of Bolivia) I heard a frog call I had not heard before. Braving swarms of mosquitoes and crawling through mud up to my waist, I finally found the source of the call, this beautiful Greater Hatchet Faced Treefrog (Sphaenorhynchus lacteus).


  • Dean Cunningham
    Dean Cunninghamabout 2 years ago

    yeah this is a beauty, wonderful pic jason !

  • Thank you! I got rather muddy trying to find this guy.

    – Jason Weigner

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    26 October 2012 – 1 image per 24hrs

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppabout 2 years ago

    Nice capture

  • Thank you!

    – Jason Weigner

  • fauselr
    fauselrabout 2 years ago

    cool shot

  • Thanks!

    – Jason Weigner

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...about 2 years ago

    This marvelous work has just been selected and featured in the Top Shelf Wildlife group!
    Please view and participate in comments on our featured page here
    This image now qualifies for our monthly avatar and voucher challenge here

  • Thank you so much for the feature! I entered the challenge.

    – Jason Weigner

  • Yool
    Yoolabout 2 years ago

  • Thank you for the feature

    – Jason Weigner

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 2 years ago

    Beautiful work !!!

    Click on the link below to view your feature and congratulate your fellow artists
    The Tropical Zone – FEATURES – October 31st 2012

  • Thank you for the feature!

    – Jason Weigner

  • Kerrod Sulter
    Kerrod Sulterabout 2 years ago

    Great shot mate, love the colour…

  • Thank you!

    – Jason Weigner

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 2 years ago

    Beautifully captured Jason, congratulations on your feature in The Tropical Zone !
    Kudos for braving the mosquitoes !

  • Thank you! The mosquitoes were annoying but that wasn’t my biggest concern. When I was waist deep it suddenly hit me I was in prime Anaconda habitat.

    – Jason Weigner

  • Trish Meyer
    Trish Meyerabout 2 years ago

    Y I K E S ! !
    Bet you didn’t stay in the water too long after that !

  • Actually I kept going. I was waist deep in the mud at that time and so close to the frog. I didn’t smell an Anaconda and usually you can smell them when they are near. They have a rather distinct smell. But it still have me a little nervous.

    – Jason Weigner

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