Thursday, September 30, 2010

House Toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)

Probably the most common toad of Sri Lanka, usually found in anthropogenic habitats throughout the island, both in wet and dry zone excluding Jaffna peninsula, from sea level up to hills about 1800m a.s.l. Not prefer to live in natural forest floors though sometime found close to forest edges and degraded forest areas (Above right hand side picture was taken at Fishing hut eco lodge situated in the buffer zone of Peak Wilderness sanctuary. I have also observed it in a tributary to Maha oya of Pussella in knuckles range, close to an anicut of an irrigation channel). Active during night and terrestrial, though not uncommon close to water bodies. 

1 comment:

  1. I used to see lots of these leapers inside my old house as a kid. But I hardly see them there now, probably because they don't have enough hiding places inside as my parents have adopted more strict house keeping measures,clearing away all the odds and ends that were scattered all over the house and provided shelter for the toads.