It's not that frogs are particularly easy to find in Costa Rica (although some are); but with CR boasting one of the highest biodiversity ratios on the planet, it's hard not to develop a soft spot for all these unique species of amphibians. But this individual, found last spring in Isla Verde, has got to be among my favorites. She is not as wet as she should be-- her habitat is getting warmer and dryer and she is feeling the effects; the bromeliad pools that she used to deposit her tadpoles in for safety are evaporating one by one. My Tica fiance tells me stories of her college years spent walking around La Selva and dripping water on the Dendrobates she encountered there; "They were too dry," she says, "they needed water..." The outstanding maternal care that these frogs exhibit has earned them a place of prominence in our planet's web of life