The never-ending adventures of a travel writer in Vietnam, Cambodia, New Zealand and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Me, the Chubby Frog and an Iphone

Definitely one of my favorite critters, the Kaloula pulchra, otherwise known as a 'chubby frog' or 'Asian Painted Frog' only comes out locally during rainy season. Absolutely adorable, they prefer to crawl on all fours more than hop. Though chubby like a toad, this frog is an accomplished climber. Probably they need this ability because of how cluttered the forest floor is, where they spend most of their time. This gal climbed all up and down my arm and even up on top of my head, carefully and methodically, without ever making an attempt to jump. 

Their skin is smooth like porceline and beautifully colored with brown, tan, cream and black stripes.

Chubby frogs are voracious eaters and will swallow anything they can get in their little mouths. Unfortunately they are also popularly eaten by locals, and so beginning to disappear. Folks in Mui Ne catch all sizes and boil or steam them, cutting out only the stomach muscle, then gobbling the rest.





1 comment:

Katrina said...

What a sweet cute fat little thing!

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