Saturday, 13 December 2008

Banded Bullfrog - Another Eater of Ants

The Banded Bullfrog (Kaloula pulchra) is very similar to the Brown Bullfrog (K. baleata) in both appearance and habits. (See my previous post of 23 December 2007) It can be recognized from the latter by the wide yellow band on its sides and by its slightly bigger size.
This species is said to be a recent introduction in Borneo and is a frog of human settlements living under rubbish heaps and other debris in town and cities. They emerge in big numbers after a heavy rain to form large noisy breeding groups in flooded drains and ponds. Males inflate themselves into balls as they calls while floating on the water surface.

Ants, as my photos (taken in my brother's house on Labuan Island) show, are their almost exclusive food.



Ray said...

I am a 79 year old American retiree living in New York State, USA. I am fasinated with Borneo and have prepared, and presented, a slide lecture called "A Virtual Trip to Borneo" which I have given to a Veteran's Hospital and a couple of nursing homes. The, not so subtle, message being that you can take a virtual adventure by computer.
Your blog is wonderful. I wonder if you would be willing to "chat" a bit with me? Thank you, Ray

Borneo Born said...

Hi Ray,
I'm sorry I only just saw your comment on my blog, as you know I've not been very diligent in posting to my blog, and do not get many comments.
Thanks for leaving your thoughts in my blog. I try to post as often as possible but sometimes just don't seem to have the time! Sure, we can "chat", my email is jts.pan(at)gmail(dot)com.
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