Polypedates cruciger — Common Hourglass Treefrog
Also known as:
Sri Lanka Whipping Frog
My plane touched down in Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, at about midnight. I met my guide Udaya Chanaka and we drove about four hours to our first accommodations in Pidurangala, where I was shown my room and left to try to get some sleep. My comfortable room had a bathroom and shower located outside, surrounded by thick walls but open to the pleasant temperature of the night sky. As one would expect and hope, this meant that I had some resident frogs and geckos in my bathroom. This was my first herp of the trip, a chubby treefrog on my shower wall.
That evening I found another handsome individual on the rim of a stone pond in the forest just behind the guest rooms.
These frogs have a large range in Sri Lanka, across many habitat types. The two pictured above were from the relatively high elevation of the Central Hills; here's a large individual from lowland rainforest.
This one is out looking for a mate or a meal. Definitely looks like it could use a meal.