Leptobrachium hendricksoni Spotted Litter Frog
Also known as:
Yellow-eyed Litter Frog
Lowlands, Selangor, MalaysiaJanuary 15, 2017
Spotted Litter Frog (Leptobrachium hendricksoni) Spotted Litter Frog (Leptobrachium hendricksoni)
These big-headed, spindly-legged frogs lurk quietly on the forest floor, waiting for tasty morsels to wander by. They tend not to jump away from danger; as you might imagine from their proportions, they are not very quick or agile. Instead, if they sense a potential predator (such as a six-foot monster with a camera) they like to flatten to the ground and try to go unnoticed.

I am quite confident that the first frog pictured here, with the array of small dots on its sides, is Leptobrachium hendricksoni. The second one looks enough different to me that I could imagine it's some other Leptobrachium species, though my understanding is that the orange irises are a diagnostic feature of L. hendricksoni. Other Leptobrachium species have been split in recent years, so perhaps this species will soon be reclassified as several species.

My Travelogues and Trip Lists page includes a complete list of the herps I saw in the wild on this trip to Malaysia, as well as a travelogue of the trip.

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