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Sri Lanka Whipping Frog

Polypedates cruciger


The Sri Lanka Whipping Frog, also known as the Common Hourglass Tree Frog due to its pattern on the back, is a relatively large frog appearing when it's raining heavily. The specimens I have spotted have been between 3 and 10 cm in length. This specimen was around 7-8 cm in length. Their jump is very long, elegant and precise, they're surprizingly excellent climbers and can climb smooth surfaces as indoor walls and furnitures.


Urban house, close to small patches of jungle.


As this was spotted indoors during a rainy day, I introduced it to a tree in the garden which it eagerly climbed.

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Tukup a year ago

I appreciate your efforts Gaia. I, too, read up on all my spottings from several sources until I feel I know it, and then I write the description and my notes. Although there are some who post pictures with no details, there are many of us that appreciate those like you who do. Thanks.

Gaia80 a year ago

Thanks Tukup, I try to be detailed even though it takes time to research and write about every species I find.

Tukup a year ago

Great series and good write-up. Thanks for sharing Gaia.

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දකුණු පළාත, Sri Lanka

Spotted on Mar 30, 2020
Submitted on Apr 25, 2020

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