Some pictures don’t need captions just like this friendship of the unlikely kind. I was doing some research into green tree frogs and found this picture in the public domain. I’m not sure which one of the two subjects is smiling but I do hope, this is a good friendship. Photographer Fahmi Bhs, who took the snaps at a zoo in Jakarta, Indonesia, said: “I was worried the python may swallow this beautiful frog” to which the zoo keeper explained the two had grown up in captivity together and were friends, otherwise the python would have swallowed the frog, a long time ago. It also turns out, this type of python does not eat amphibians. (You probably can tell by what I’m writing that I’m not convinced).
This tiny tree frog was on our house steps tonight. My son spotted the amphibian (and I’m not sure how he did that in the dark at 8pm). Chris called out to me and I ran for my camera. Because the green tree frog pictures were popular in my post this week, I thought you may enjoy another kind of tree frog, this brown one. It is so tiny that it is even smaller than an adult thumb (see picture above). The frog is also called Litoria ewingi or Southern Brown Tree Frog.
Here are some close-ups which the frog did not enjoy, especially when I used a camera flash. He jumped all over the place and disappeared into the garden after a few shots. I must have terrified it. More frogs around the gardens mean less snakes at our place. If you want to read more about the brown tree frogs and other frogs we have in this country, visit Frogs of Australia.
It rained yesterday. Guess what was on the chicken house? Not a spider this time. The rain catcher, the first Green Tree Frog (I have seen) for 2016. Sitting strategically where all the rainwater ran to it, it had its eyes shut until I approached with the camera.
This frog, the Litoria caerulea or the Green Tree Frog lives in Queensland. It is also found in northern and eastern Australia. It is generally a large frog, and grows to 110mm. The frog is green to light brown or even blue, short snout and rounded face. It has a smooth, thick skin on head and shoulders. Some have white spots or irregular stripe from mouth to forearm. Its abdomen is white and the back of its thighs is sometimes maroon or yellow. More information can be found on Save Our Waterways.
Although they are called the tree frog, they love to live in building drain pipes and water tanks. In summertime of course, they love wide open spaces with waterways…I guess that’s why this frog found this spot and stayed. I wish I could have told the frog this was not a waterway, but as soon as the rain stopped, it disappeared.