Chembra Peak (Malayalam: ചെമ്പ്ര കൊടുമുടി) is the highest peak in Wayanad, at 2,100 metres (6,900 ft) above sea level. Chembra is located near the town of Meppady and is 8 km south of Kalpetta. It is part of the Wayanad hill ranges in Western Ghats, adjoining the Nilgiri Hills in Tamilnadu and Vellarimala in Kozhikode district in Kerala. Chembra Peak is accessible by foot from Meppady. District Tourism Promotion Council provides guides and trekking equipment on hire charges to tourists. Permission from the forest office in Meppady is required for trekking up to Chembra Peak. A heart shaped lake on the way to the top of the peak is a major tourist attraction. The lake is believed to have never dried up. You can find the lake halfway to the peak, after getting to the lake you need to trek another halfway, which is through the dense trees of about one to two km. A 5 km journey from Meppadi town through tea estates to Erumakkolli.
Location: Makunda Christian Hospital, Karimganj District, Assam
Date: 12th March 2013
Equipment: Nikon D300s with Micro-Nikkor 105mm
It is an arboreal species of tropical moist evergreen forest, deciduous forest, secondary (disturbed) forest and coffee plantations. It is present in the lower canopy and understorey levels of the forest. It breeds in vegetation overhanging ponds, and the tadpoles develop in the pools.
11 Individuals were observed . The land is in construction and digging is done by workers . Shrubs are rooted out and individuals which were in hibernation observed. .
( Shamrao nagar )
Beddome's Leaping Frog (Indirana beddomii) is a species of frog found in the Western Ghats. They are usually detected by the long leaps as the flush from the ground when disturbed. The species is named after the naturalist Richard Henry Beddome.
The blue-eyed bush frog (Philautus neelanethrus) is a small, distinctive frog which gains its common name from the bright blue ring running around the edge of its protruding, golden eyes. Its scientific name, neelanthrus, means ‘blue eyes’ in Sanskrit, a historical local dialect (2).
The skin of the blue-eyed bush frog varies between yellow and cream and there are brown dots and blotches on the upperside of the body, indicating areas of granulation which can differ in intensity between individuals. The skin on the underside of the body has round, white blotches and is also granulated. The skin on the wide head of the blue-eyed bush frog features circular brown spots, and the snout is pointed and protrudes forward beyond the mouth (2).
The colouration of the male blue-eyed bush frog becomes more yellow and vivid during the breeding season. The female blue-eyed bush frog is likely to be slightly larger than the male (2).
Vocalisations are made by the blue-eyed bush frog during the breeding season, using the unpigmented vocal sac in the throat. Calls usually begin as a shrill ‘treek’ and are followed by a recurring ‘tink’ note (2).
True to its name,this froggy proved tricky to ID..The female is a brilliant green with little resemblance to the male.. Listed as Vulnerable because its extent of occurrence is estimated to be 7,204 km2, it is known from three threat-defined locations and its population is considered to be severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat in the Western Ghats of India Thanks Vipin Baliga for the ID :-)
Found this frog resting on a leaf just 5 feet above the ground.
On closer inspection its deformed limb became apparent.
This frog is seen with a pale green dorsum as opposed to this( breeding season changes perhaps): http://www.flickr.com/photos/vipinbaliga/7423716926/in/set-72157625945175638
Listed as Vulnerable because its Extent of Occurrence is less than 20,000 km2, its distribution is severely fragmented, and there is continuing decline in the extent and quality of its habitat. (Source: http://www.iucnredlist.org/details/58847/0
Reproductive mode in the shrub frog Philautus glandulosus, an article here: http://www.iisc.ernet.in/currsci/feb102003/283.pdf
Rhacophorus lateralis is an endangered species of Rhacophorid tree frog endemic to the Western Ghats in South India. Its natural habitats is subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, intermittent freshwater marshes and plantations
Species of cricket from found in western ghats of India.
Medium sized frog with brownish coloration. Hind limbs overlap when folded at right angle to the body. Toes are webbed , 4th toe longest. Sub articular tubercle reaches in between tympanum and eye. Fingers are not webbed , 3rd finger longest and 2nd toe shortest. Tympanum present , supra tympanic fold present. rows of skin folds are present on back. Yellow thin strip present from snout to vent. Snout is pointed .
A juvenile Winged Gliding frog - male resting on a leaf.
The fly seen at the right was immediately consumed when it landed on the frog's snout.
Size: 2cm approx
Tail stub still present.
The Dusky torrent frog (Micrixalus fuscus) is a species of small frog found in dense forested hill streams in the Western Ghats of India.
The bronzed frog (Hylarana temporalis) is a species of true frog found in the riparian evergreen forests of the Western Ghats, India and the highlands of Southwestern Sri Lanka. They are found abundantly on or close to the ground near water. Individuals are not shy and react by jumping only when provoked
Location: Makunda Christian Hospital campus, Karimganj District, Assam
Date: 3rd October 2012
Equipment: Nikon D300s with Nikkor AF 28-105mm lens
Specie of narrow mouthed frog and bloats itself making it harder to ingest. Very characteristic call and an expert burrower!
The other commoner Duttaphrynus and usually smaller then D. melanostictus. Found in agricultural fields, and has a characterstic retreating pose of ducking when approached.