Asian Painted Frog

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Asian Painted Frogs in La Union (© Tony Gerard)

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.

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Asian Painted Frog found near Lilok Farm

A few days later I was looking around the same spot and found another one. This one had much brighter coloration.

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Another Asian Painted Frog found near Lilok Farm

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.

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Four-lined Treefrog

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A Four-lined Treefrog found near Lilok Farm

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.

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Common Puddle Frog

Common Puddle Frog (Photo by Merlijn van Weerd ZooKeys 266: 1 via wikipedia)
Common Puddle Frog (Photo by Merlijn van Weerd, ZooKeys 266: 1 via wikipedia)

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.

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Common Puddle Frog at the Rizal ReCreation Center
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Cane Toad (palakang-tubó)

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Cane Toad at Rizal Recreation Center

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?

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Luzon Fanged Frog

Limnonectes macrocephalus from Dipagsanghan (photo: MVW) 7 February 2013, 23:17:57 Brown R, Siler C, Oliveros C, Welton L, Rock A, Swab J, Van Weerd M, van Beijnen J, Rodriguez D, Jose E, Diesmos A (2013). "The amphibians and reptiles of Luzon Island, Philippines, VIII: The herpetofauna of Cagayan and Isabela Provinces, northern Sierra Madre Mountain Range". ZooKeys 266: 1. DOI:10.3897/zookeys.266.3982.
Luzon Fanged Frog from Disagsanghan, in Zookeys 266 (Merlijn van Weerd / CC BY)

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.

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