Friday, May 9, 2014

Frog Watching Tours at Jetwing St. Andrews

Experience Jetwing St. Andrew’s wetland at night, where colorful tree frogs are most active and easily observed. Walk, past the frog pond and through the forest along the stony path and explore the habitat of the beautiful frog species. The night tours are perfect for both frog enthusiasts and novice explorers! The tours are conducted by the hotels in-house Naturalist, who will take you around the trails to explain how to spot frogs and will point out animals hiding from you. The tours start from 19.00 onwards and last for approx. 1.5hrs starting at the hotel wetland area, where up to 10 species of frogs along with many more night creatures can be observed:

1. Taruga eques - Montane hour-glass Tree Frog
2. Duttaphrynus melanostictus - Common House Toad
3. Hylarana temporalis - Common woo frog
4. Ramanella palmate - Half-webbed pug snout frog
5. Fejervarya greenii - Montane frog
6. Pseudophilautus alto
7. Pseudophilautus asankai
8. Pseudophilautus femoralis
9. Pseudophilautus microtympanum
10. Pseudophilotes schmarda

Nuwara Eliya, situated in the central hills of Sri Lanka is situated 1862 m above sea level and has an average annual rainfall of 2150 mm. Although it is one of the major cities in the central hills, wet lands and many montane forest patches still exist in it. Many vertebrate species including the above mentioned amphibian species are recorded in this area. Amphibians are considered as environmental indicator species since they are very susceptible to slight changes.