This tree frog was sitting on the guard rail at the side of the road, contemplating the view across a pond. It didn’t move even when I stuck the camera right in its face!!
Information on the Amphibiaweb site: here
Amphibia: Hylidae (new world tree frogs)
= nihon amagaeru
Location: In orchards and bamboo/pine forest above Yokoyama Village (Google map)
Driving home from the Education Center in Sasaguri, I came across a nice little park on the side of a mountain. The pond was full of life, including lots of these black-spotted pond frogs (tonosama-gaeru) and their tadpoles (otamajakushi).
Amphibia: Anura: Ranidae
Rana nigromaculata = tonosama-gaeru
= black-spotted pond frog
Managed to catch another huge bullfrog (ushigaeru ) on the way home last night. It seemed to be dazzled by my headlights and wasn’t too difficult to catch. I showed it to the kids and then took it to a rice paddy in the morning to release it. Took some pictures first and had to keep grabbing it when it tried to escape. Finally I put it in the rice paddy water and only managed to get one photo before it took off in giant leaps through the field!
Bullfrog = ushigaeru = Rana catesbeiana