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A portable Raspberry Pi-based camera setup to record behaviours of frogs and other small animals under artificial or natural shelters in remote locations
  • Jordy Groffen,
  • Conrad Hoskin
Jordy Groffen
James Cook University

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Conrad Hoskin
James Cook University - Townsville City Campus
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Here, we describe a Raspberry Pi-based camera system that is portable, robust, and weatherproof, with a close-up focus (2.5 cm). We show that this camera system can be used in remote locations with high rainfall and humidity. The camera has an Infrared LED light to film in dark places and can continuously record for 21 days. We also describe how to make concrete artificial shelters to mount the camera in. One of the great strengths of this shelter/camera setup is that the animals choose to take up residence and can then be filmed for extended periods with no disturbance. Furthermore, we give examples of how shelters and cameras could be used to film a range of behaviours in many small cryptic amphibian species, but also other small vertebrates and invertebrates globally.
03 Sep 2023Submitted to Ecology and Evolution
09 Sep 2023Assigned to Editor
09 Sep 2023Submission Checks Completed
03 Oct 2023Reviewer(s) Assigned