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Flying frogs from Sahyadri, India I was walking back to my resort from little stroll I took near a farm. I was alone in the night and hence didn&#039;t over-confidently ventured the forest full of Indian Gaur (Largest bovine in the world), Panthers, and what not... I was almost approaching the resort property and &quot;kdrrrrooooaadk...!!!&quot; sound I heard!!! I stopped right there as I knew that was Malabar Flying Frog male croaking. Immediately fired my torch in the direction of next croak and there he was...  I had my camera around my neck and inside my poncho as it was drizzling continuously. I took some records and then looked around with the help of my torch, and there was a large female individual right beside me at few feet distance but we were separated by a short wall. That was manageable as I had 70-300mm and I put my flash on its high output settings. I then immediately called my parents from resort to show them this natural wonder as very rarely our family accompany us in the forests and this was the opportunity I would never want to miss. Showed my mom the male, female and yes a mating pair too.<br />
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Female of this species <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94817/malabar_flying_frog_female.html" title="Malabar Flying Frog Female"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/1843/94817_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=kh67v9tPKMmRnWbF%2BxmfO%2FQwaTg%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Malabar Flying Frog Female Females are always larger in case of these frogs, as females carry males on their back during mating.<br />
One interesting fact which I forgot to share in my last post is, when I stood there on hearing croaking male, next thing I looked for was puddle with clean water. As Malabar Gliding Frog only mate above the clean water puddles and not on flowing water. So when I leaned over the wall besides the highway, I saw a little area where water got logged and these frogs were going to use it to release their tadpoles. This large female was waiting over there to mate with one of the males which attract her the most.<br />
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Male of this species https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94806/flying_frogs_from_sahyadri_india.html<br />
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Mating of this species https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94901/mating_of_flying_frogs.html Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Amphibians of India,Frog of India,Geotagged,India,Indian Amphibians,Indian Frogs,Malabar gliding frog,Rhacophorus malabaricus,Summer,incredible india" /></a></figure><br />
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Mating of this species <figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94901/mating_of_flying_frogs.html" title="Mating of Flying frogs"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/1843/94901_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1629331210&Signature=giXrtdWsEvcO12aEXZ6ZCXSGUnQ%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Mating of Flying frogs Typical male on top position of frogs. This female jumped the distance of 5 meters with that male on her back. I took the shot after she landed here on this canopy. They will soon find a perch hanging over a clean puddle of water deep enough for their tadpoles and then they&#039;ll start their mating ritual. They secret a foam with eggs and male fertilizes them and eggs after development falls in the puddle where their tadpoles grow and metamorphose into Malabar Gliding Frogs. <br />
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male croaking https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94806/flying_frogs_from_sahyadri_india.html<br />
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female https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94817/malabar_flying_frog_female.html Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Amphibians of India,Frogs of India,Geotagged,Goa,Incredible India,India,Indian Amphibians,Indian Frogs,Malabar Gliding Frog,Malabar gliding frog,Mollem,Rhacophorus malabaricus,Summer" /></a></figure> Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Amphibians of India,Frogs of India,Geotagged,India,Indian Amphibians,Indian Frogs,Malabar gliding frog,Rhacophorus malabaricus,Summer,frog,malabar,sahyadri Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Flying frogs from Sahyadri, India

I was walking back to my resort from little stroll I took near a farm. I was alone in the night and hence didn't over-confidently ventured the forest full of Indian Gaur (Largest bovine in the world), Panthers, and what not... I was almost approaching the resort property and "kdrrrrooooaadk...!!!" sound I heard!!! I stopped right there as I knew that was Malabar Flying Frog male croaking. Immediately fired my torch in the direction of next croak and there he was... I had my camera around my neck and inside my poncho as it was drizzling continuously. I took some records and then looked around with the help of my torch, and there was a large female individual right beside me at few feet distance but we were separated by a short wall. That was manageable as I had 70-300mm and I put my flash on its high output settings. I then immediately called my parents from resort to show them this natural wonder as very rarely our family accompany us in the forests and this was the opportunity I would never want to miss. Showed my mom the male, female and yes a mating pair too.

Female of this species

Malabar Flying Frog Female Females are always larger in case of these frogs, as females carry males on their back during mating.<br />
One interesting fact which I forgot to share in my last post is, when I stood there on hearing croaking male, next thing I looked for was puddle with clean water. As Malabar Gliding Frog only mate above the clean water puddles and not on flowing water. So when I leaned over the wall besides the highway, I saw a little area where water got logged and these frogs were going to use it to release their tadpoles. This large female was waiting over there to mate with one of the males which attract her the most.<br />
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Male of this species https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94806/flying_frogs_from_sahyadri_india.html<br />
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Mating of this species https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94901/mating_of_flying_frogs.html Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Amphibians of India,Frog of India,Geotagged,India,Indian Amphibians,Indian Frogs,Malabar gliding frog,Rhacophorus malabaricus,Summer,incredible india


Mating of this species
Mating of Flying frogs Typical male on top position of frogs. This female jumped the distance of 5 meters with that male on her back. I took the shot after she landed here on this canopy. They will soon find a perch hanging over a clean puddle of water deep enough for their tadpoles and then they'll start their mating ritual. They secret a foam with eggs and male fertilizes them and eggs after development falls in the puddle where their tadpoles grow and metamorphose into Malabar Gliding Frogs. <br />
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male croaking https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94806/flying_frogs_from_sahyadri_india.html<br />
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female https://www.jungledragon.com/image/94817/malabar_flying_frog_female.html Abhijeet Jagtap,Abhijeet Ramesh Jagtap,Amphibians of India,Frogs of India,Geotagged,Goa,Incredible India,India,Indian Amphibians,Indian Frogs,Malabar Gliding Frog,Malabar gliding frog,Mollem,Rhacophorus malabaricus,Summer

    comments (5)

  1. Incredible encounter! Posted one year ago
    1. It was indeed a memorable one! Posted one year ago
  2. Nice! What did your mum say? You abruptly ended the story, I need closure. Posted one year ago
    1. Hahaha, She was excited and she was like let me help you with photographing them and all. Actually she got more excited when we got back home and I showed her the videos of them gliding and then she started sharing this incidence with all our relatives :-p. Posted one year ago
      1. Nice, finally a happy ending, thanks :) Posted one year ago

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The Malabar gliding frog or Malabar flying frog is a Rhacophorid tree frog species found in the Western Ghats of India.

Similar species: Frogs
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Uploaded May 26, 2020. Captured Sep 9, 2019 21:26 in Unnamed Road, Mollem, Goa 403410, India.
  • NIKON D5600
  • f/8.0
  • 1/160s
  • ISO160
  • 280mm