If i’m bored at night i’ll put on my wellies/ galloshes and go out exploring my local neighbhourhood, trudging through rice paddies, walking through grassy fields or searching along the roads looking for wildlife.
Something I see most nights are frogs, and a few of them have become very familiar to me and their recognizable small hopping bodies catch my eye everytime I go out looking.
There’s the chubby Banded Bullfrogs (Kaloula pulchra) that you can see almost anywhere, usually, you don’t even have to leave your own garden to see them. These frogs are fossorial meaning they burrow under leaf litter or into the ground to avoid hot or dry conditions and emerge when its cooler or wetter to hunt for insects. You can read more abouth these amzing frogs here Banded BullfrogThen there’s the Asian Common Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus), they are always fun to watch with their comical ‘Jabba the Hutt’ esc faces and the little funny jumps they use to get arround. You can usually see them in gardens or out on the roads beneath street lights after rain, hunting the insects attracted to the fluorescent glow.
Another frog I see a lot of are the Asian Grass Frogs (Fejervarya limnocharis) which have a very nasty habit of urinating and flicking it with their legs as they jump, usually towards me. This is often how I spot them; first a wet splat on my foot or leg as I’m walking then a dull thud as it lands and from there I can see the culprit watching me to see if another wet leap is neccessary to further escape. Despite their rather unusual, and gross, defense strategy, I love seeeing them because no two are alike. Some have the stripe some don’t, some have a yellowish stripe, whilst some have a whitish stripe, some have greenish bodies, whereas others are grey, and some are brown. Usually, when I see one, I see a hundred more but always in a different colour variation. One thing they do have in coomon though, they just love to piss on me!
There is one final, quite common frog that has a special place in my heart…. the Common Tree-frog (Polypedates leucomysax). Their colouration, like the Asian Grass frogs, varies from individual to individual which means that they’re always fun to photograph. More than I love their changeable colours, I love them so much for their uniquely photogenic faces, they’re always a joy to photograph…just look at how cute they are!
I think you can agree that their little faces and big boogley eyes are too cute not to pause and admire.
So that’s it for my little frog appreciation blog. Next time you find yourself out and about after sundown, walk a little slower and look down. You’ll be surprised at the amazing little world at your feet. Thanks for reading.