Lost Frogs Update: Snakes on a Golf Course in Malaysia

This is the latest report from field researchers participating in CI’s Search for the Lost Frogs campaign. Read our previous blog posts here.

We’re getting set for the evening, and praying there’s no rain. We collected some stream toad (Ansonia sp.) tadpoles last night – not yet sure which species. The tiny stream toad (A. minuta), Matang stream toad (A. leptopus) and Kina Balu stream toad (A. spinulifer) are all known from this mountain, in addition to the Holy Grail, the Sambas stream toad (A. latidisca).

I have realized also that there’s nothing better than a well-maintained golf course for finding snakes. We found two last night – a brightly coloured Calamaria new to me, as well as a Stoliczkaia borneensis, known from the mountains of northern Borneo (Kinabalu, the Crocker Range and Gunung Murud). The short grass gave no chance for snakes to hide. Also, we found two frogs in such habitats, both common (Hylarana erythraea and H. raniceps).

Indraneil Das is a professor at the Universiti Malaysia Sarawak’s Institute of Biodiversity and Environmental Conservation. He is leading the team searching for the Sambas stream toad (Ansonia latidisca) in Indonesia and Malaysia. Last month, Dr. Das blogged about his discovery of the Old World’s smallest frog.

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