Today is Save the Frogs Day and there’s no better time to meet the frogs you’ll find in the Fragile Forest at Singapore Zoo!
Think your eyesight is really good? Challenge yourselves and see if you can spot out Malayan horned frog in its exhibit in the Fragile Forest! It can be very tough to spot them as they’re well camouflaged on the forest floor amongst the leaves and rocks, especially when their eyes are closed.
Fun Fact: The Malayan horned frog is a ferocious predator as it uses its camouflage to prey on a wide variety of unsuspecting prey on the forest floor such as rodents, lizards and more!
First it’s brown,
then it’s green!
If you’re wondering if your eyes are playing tricks on you, definitely not! The White’s tree frog changes colour according to its surroundings. It is green in colour when in brightly lit places but changes to light brown in shady or damp areas.
Fun Fact: The White’s tree frog is also known as the “dumpy tree frog” due to its skin folds!
With four rows of dark brown markings along its back, it’s no surprise how the four-lined tree frog got its name! Just like other frogs, its coloration helps it to camouflage in its natural surroundings. The species can change from pale beige in the daytime to dark brown at night, when it mates and hunts for insects. These frogs play an important role as pest controllers as they feed on insects such as mosquitoes!
Fun fact: The four-lined tree frog uses its legs to whip up a foam nest on overhanging vegetation, where it would deposit its eggs. When the eggs hatch, the tadpoles fall into the water.
Spot a frog with a distinctive white band that runs along each side of its body? That’s the common greenback! This frog is mostly nocturnal and is found throughout Southeast Asia, so don’t be surprised if you see it in Singapore!
Fun fact: The common greenback is also known as the ‘green paddy frog’ as it usually inhabits grasslands and agricultural areas.
Frogs play an important role in our ecosystem, not only do they act as pest control, we are also able to tell if the environment is healthy by looking the frogs’ skin. Their permeable skin easily absorbs toxic chemicals and this makes them sensitive to very slight changes in the environment. Hence, if anything drastic happens to frog populations around us, it is an indication that something is wrong in our biosphere as a whole.
Help protect the frogs’ habitat by keeping water bodies clean and visit the Fragile Forest to learn more about them!