12th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Life under Canopy
This is a newly emerged froglet of "Rhacophorus Malabaricus" also famously known with a common name "Malabar Gliding frog". A charismatic, flagship species of Indian Western Ghats that can glide feely from trees. Mating takes place in monsoon and eggs are laid on thick foam nest built using the leafs on an overhanging water body. The eggs hatch into tadpoles in approximately two to three weeks on the leaf itself and wriggle themselves free (aided by rain) and drop into the water.
As the monsoon finishes these frogs climb up into the canopy or go safely understory and become inactive until the next pre-monsoon rains.
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||Nov. 28, 2014, 9:33 a.m.