First and foremost for me, I spent much time looking for poison-dart frogs. In Hawai'i? Yep. Back in the day (early 20th century) these frogs were released as an attempt to control mosquitos. This of course failed miserably, but the frogs still persist in pockets and were fairly easy to find, in the right places.
Green and black poison dart frog - Dendrobates auratus
I had seen one of these animals in their native range in Costa Rica and was pretty excited to try for them again. I spent numerous days hiking a bunch of different trails that they turn up on without anything to show for it. With an awesome tip though, I found tons in a relatively disturbed area.
|Clean the darn buggers off...|
Cane Toads Bufo marinus we saw frequently on Kauai and Oahu. I have some strong distaste for them though and only took marginal pictures at best.
These frogs are invading the world. They are responsible for an epidemic in Australia and can be found in Texas, Florida, and many other tropical areas. They are virtually impossible to eradicate and have the potential for doing great harm to other native animals.
The last frog I saw is the Greenhouse Frog Eleutherodactylus planirostris. One of my co-workers showed my pictures of them at his house so I went out to check them out. I have seen these before in Florida.
These frogs are pretty tiny but were easily found after dark. His kids proved excellent at finding these and turned up 3 or 4 after a few minutes.
I never did hear or see the ubiquitous Coqui frogs that everyone on Hawaii is complaining about. I also unfortunately missed out on some other cool frogs, primarily the wrinkled toad from Asia.