Friday, June 13, 2014

Frog Watching Tour at Jetwing St. Andrew’s

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 hotel 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 07.00p.m onwards and last for approx. 1.5 hrs; starting at the hotel wetland area, up to 10 species of frogs along with many more night creatures can be observed.

Taruga eques  (Montane hour-glass tree frog)
Duttaphrynus melanostictus  (Common house toad)
Hylarana temporalis  (Common woo frog)
Ramanella palmata  (Half-webbed pug nout frog)
Fejervarya greenii  (Montane frog)
Pseudophilautus alto
Pseudophilautus asankai
Pseudophilautus femoralis
Pseudophilautus microtympanum
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.

by Ishanda Senevirathna, Resident Naturalist of Jetwing St.Andrew’s