Photos by Marlo R Rotor
Green Pond Frog (Mt Makiling Botanical Garden, UPLB)Tree Frog (Retreat House, Lipa City) This skinny frog is arboreal. It is commonly found in banana grove. Here it thrives on insects that breed in the trapped water in leaf axils of banana.
Tukak ba-ug (big bellied frog), now endangered, has the habit of feigning dead after bloating itself like a balloon, enabling the threatened organism to become tightly wedged in crevices, or freely float downstream where it finds safety from its predators, principally snake.
Because it is preyed upon by snakes, it is also referred to as tukak uleg (snake frog). Its distress sound serves as warning to farm workers or any passerby.