Wednesday, 12 July 2006

New frog on the blog

I found this handsome fellow in a bathroom in Borneo. As you do. It's a four-lined tree frog (Polypedates leucomystax). This species is widespread in South East Asia, living in just about all habitats—including bathrooms. Polypedates is a relative of the flying frogs (Rhacophorus). Like them, it builds a foam nest from whipped-up mucus, in which it lays its eggs. The nest is usually attached to a leaf overhanging a body of water. When the tadpoles hatch, they drop and swim away.

This individual made no noise but the call was described to me as 'a big, watery fart'. So there's another reason to encourage wildlife in your house. Something else to blame.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Yes, that is the call I heard
when I saw this Frog in Belum-
Temenggor Dam, Perak, Malaysia
recently. It's nickname is
"The Farting Frog" and we found
it in the outdoor toilet
Choo Eng, Penang.

JK said...

It seems that I had the same encounter few months back in my own bathroom, right at the middle of Kuala Lumpur city! (Note: I'm not talking about the Fart, I'm referring to the frog.)

Snail said...

It's a cute frog! I was a bit disappointed that this one wasn't calling.