Monday, April 23, 2012

Common Indian Tree Frog - Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

A photograph of a Common Indian Tree Frog taken in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Common Indian Tree Frog (Polypedates maculatus) - Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

Tree Frogs are quite common in Anuradhapura and have an annoying tendency to crawl into houses and take shelter in bathrooms. I've come across a number of them on several trips to the area but hadn't photographed them until our last trip in July.

More photographs inside.

A photograph of a Common Indian Tree Frog taken in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Common Indian Tree Frog (Polypedates maculatus) - Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

The Common Indian Tree Frog, also known as the Chunam Tree Frog, is found throughout South Asia. They have been identified as an endangered species by the IUCN. Measuring in at around the 7-8cm mark, these frogs are usually a shade of brown, yellow or grey with darker spots or markings. It's fingers are nearly un-webbed where as the toes are two thirds webbed.

A photograph of a Common Indian Tree Frog taken in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Common Indian Tree Frog (Polypedates maculatus) - Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

These frogs are known to have day roosts which are used on a regular basis. They have a habit of wiping their skins with a secretion consisting of mucus and lipids to help reduce the loss of moisture. In warmer areas these frogs are known to secrete directly from the skin and adopt a lighter skin colour.

A photograph of a Common Indian Tree Frog taken in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
Common Indian Tree Frog (Polypedates maculatus) - Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

These photographs were taken with the Canon 7D and the 100-400mm lens. Since these photographs were taken at night I had to use an off camera 430 EX II for additional light. Fortunately the Frogs in these photographs did not move around too much and made things a bit easier for me.








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