D is for…Polypedates denysii

Today is the fourth day of April’s A to Z Challenge.  I will be writing about different frog species based on their latin species names!  See the introduction here:

 

Polypedates denysii -Chinese Gliding Frog

These frogs can range in color from bright green to blue green.  Since they are nocturnal they have large black eyes.

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The Chinese Gliding Frog is part of a small amount of frogs who are foam nesters.  The female will lay her eggs in a nest of a meringue like substance that will hold the eggs until they hatch or the foam dissolves.  The nest is created over the water on plants or grasses so that as they hatch they can fall into the water.

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Tree frogs can by their nature jump farther than most other frogs.  In order to escape, these frogs are good gliders.  This is due to their strong webbing between their toes and fingers.  This webbing acts like a wing when they spread their toes.  Once in the air they are able to steer and change direction with their suction pads on their toes allowing them to land safely.  They are mainly active at night when it is safer and they rely on camouflage as their primary means of defense.

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The Chinese Gliding Frog’s number is dwindling from forest loss, non-timber forest product collection, plantations, wildfires and changes to hydrology.  Small numbers are also exported for the international pet trade.

  Hope you enjoyed Letter D.  Stay tuned for letter E!

Sources:

(1) Toronto Zoo(2) Fact Zoo(3) Rosamond Gifford Zoo

Image Sources:

(1) Brian Gratwicke, Panama Amphibian Rescue & Conservation Project  (2) Michael Ready(3) Michael Ready

 

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34 thoughts on “D is for…Polypedates denysii

  1. Hey there! Visiting your blog for the first time, through A to Z Challenge. The photos you showed of this frog are gorgeous and I appreciate the information you shared. I’ll be back for sure!

  2. I always worry about these very shiny frogs. Are they slimier than the others? Or is it just a trick of the light – or something to do with their foam nests.
    I had my first frog of the year in the garden today – sitting on a slab of stone sunning itself. I reckon that means they’ve finished mating. (I had some earlier but only when I moved something to uncover them).
    Jemima Pett

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