Monday, June 26, 2017

Frog Watching Tour at Jetwing St. Andrews Nuwera Eliya Sri Lanka

Although it is one of the major cities in the central hills, many wetlands and montane forest patches which are ideal habitats for amphibians, can still found in Nuwara Eliya. Many vertebrate species including amphibian species are recorded frequently in this area...    
 Perhaps because they live "on the edge" between water and land, and have semi-permeable skin, frogs and toads are very sensitive to pollution and other environmental changes. Worldwide, many species are declining in numbers or have recently become extinct. Amphibians are considered as environmental indicator species since they are very susceptible to slight changes and monitoring frog and toad populations is one way to check the health of wetland areas.
 

Almost any time of day is a good time to find frogs, but sighting them is often easier during early dawn hours and at dusk when the temperature decreases. Led by the resident naturalist, Jetwing St. Andrew’s conducts night tours for frog enthusiasts, who may sight an array of night creatures inhabiting the area including endemic frog species.


Frog Watching Tour 06th January  2016

Started our tour at 7.00 pm from the hotel and enter to wetland area then we went to the forest   7.40 pm ended the trail at 8.30 pm and reach back to hotel.
Weather – Clear and Cool around 09 0C throughout the tour. 
With;
  • Nimali Ariyawansa family from Sri lanka live in USA
  • Brad Fleming, Sasha, Sofia & Emily from Australia
  • Svend Arge with his Son from Denmark 




Frogs
  1. Montane hour-glass tree frog (Taruga eques) 
  2. Common house toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)  
  3. Montane frog (Fejervarya greenii) 
  4. Horton plains shrub frog (Pseudophilautus alto)
  5. Small eared shrub frog (Pseudophilautus microtympanum)
  6. Schmarda’s shrub frog (Pseudophilotes schmarda)
  7. Leaf nesting shrub frog (Pseudophilautus femoralis)







Written By: Ishanda Senevirathna – Naturalist
Jetwing St.Andrew’s Hotel Nuwara eliya