I walked down to the stream near Lilok Farm and began turning over rocks to see what might be under them. Under one I was surprised to find an Asian Painted Frog (also known as the “Banded Bullfrog” or “Chubby Frog”), a species from Thailand and other countries in southeast Asia.
A few days later I was looking around the same spot and found another one. This one had much brighter coloration.
What a funky frog! With its fat body, tiny head, long toes, and bright stripes, you’d have trouble finding a more unusual-looking amphibian in our area.
Unfortunately, the Asian Painted Frog is not from our area.
One local animal that might be great at snatching up those Longhorn Beetles is the Four-lined Treefrog. Also known as the Common Treefrog, this acrobatic resident spends nearly all of its time above the ground. Take a walk close enough to the water bodies that it likes to call home (I often find them near streams) and you’ll see them dotted among the trees.
A few of the Four-lined Treefrogs I’ve seen at Lilok and Laguna
With their big heads, awkward long legs, and bulbous toepads on the end of long toes, Four-lined Treefrogs look a bit clownish. And they have a call to match! Depending on the mood, they will sound like a “quack!” from a duck or some mechanic chuckling. So if you are walking through the forest at night, and you hear a frog laughing at you, you’ll know who it is.
Rainy season comes and the firmament opens. Puddles and pools form in every low spot. From the puddles you might hear soft noises somewhere between a duck quacking and a person sawing wood. And if you track down the source of the sounds, you will see Common Puddle Frogs merrily floating.
They’re big. They’re bumpy. They run into your feet in the night.
Everyone has seen the huge tubó hopping around Sakahang Lilok and throughout Manila. But you might not know that these toads aren’t from the Philippines! How did they get here, and what are they doing?
The Luzon Fanged Frog (what a scary name!) is the large stream frog that lives in the streams and waterfalls that run near Sakahang Lilok.
But why is it called a fanged frog? Inside its mouth are two bony growths on its jaw that look like fangs! Scientists aren’t sure what the purpose of the growths are, but they think it may help them hold onto slippery fish and frogs that they eat in the fast-moving streams where they live.