Wednesday, 18 February 2009

WE went frogging ...

On the evening of Monday the 16th February WE went out and did something a little out of the ordinary ... WE went frogging!
Now this involves a few intrepid men sloshing around at night in a leech infested waterhole, surrounded by biting insects, lugging tons of not always cooperative broadcast equipment, in the middle of a big 5 reserve in deepest Africa ... all in search of frogs! What could be more fun?
I really enjoyed this show, and I am sure that WE will do it again and again. The part I enjoyed the most was the interaction from you all. Thank you Sharon, Eden and Valorie for helping us ID these little fellas and get the seekpoints through to me.




Grey Treefrog  - WEseekpoint:  http://links.wildearth.tv/GrayTreeFrog
The Grey Foam-nest Treefrog or Southern Foam-nest Treefrog (Chiromantis xerampelina) is a species of frog in the Rhacophoridae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, Zimbabwe, possibly Democratic Republic of the Congo, and possibly Somalia. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical dry forests, dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, intermittent freshwater marshes, arable land, pastureland, rural gardens, urban areas, heavily degraded former forest, ponds, and canals and ditches.
 
Painted Reed Frog - WEseekpoint: http://links.wildearth.tv/PaintedReedFrog


The Marbled Reed Frog or Painted Reed Frog (Hyperolius marmoratus) is a species of frog in the Hyperoliidae family. It is found in Malawi, Mozambique, South Africa, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, possibly Botswana, possibly Lesotho, and possibly Tanzania. Its natural habitats are temperate forests, dry savanna, moist savanna, temperate shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, temperate grassland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, rivers, swamps, freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marches, freshwater springs, arable land, pastureland, rural gardens, urban areas, water storage areas, ponds, open excavations, irrigated land, seasonally flooded agricultural land, and canals and ditches.
From  Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyperolius_marmoratus

Red-banded Rubber Frog - WEseekpoint: http://links.wildearth.tv/RedBandedRubberFrog
The Banded Rubber Frog (Phrynomantis bifasciatus) is a species of frog in the Microhylidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. Its natural habitats are dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical seasonally wet or flooded lowland grassland, subtropical or tropical high-altitude grassland, intermittent freshwater lakes, intermittent freshwater marshes, arable land, pastureland, water storage areas, ponds, and canals and ditches.

African Clawed Frog  - WEseekpoint: http://links.wildearth.tv/AfricanClawedFrog
The African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis, also known as platanna) is a species of South African aquatic frog of the genus Xenopus. It can grow up to 12 cm long with a flattened head and body, but no external ear or tongue. Its name derives from the three short claws on each of its hind feet, which it probably uses to stir up mud to hide it from predators.
The species is found throughout much of Africa, and in isolated, introduced populations in North America, South America, and Europe.
From  Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xenopus_laevis (There is tons more info here ... a very interesting frog)



Unknown Frog 1 - WEseekpoint: http://links.wildearth.tv/Unknown1
WE don't know who this little fella is ... please try and find him for us and I will update this Blog with the correct ID and credit you. Please mail info@wildearth.tv




Anchieta's Ridged Frog - WEseekpoint: http://links.wildearth.tv/anchietasridgedfrog
The Anchieta's Ridged Frog or Plain Grass Frog (Ptychadena anchietae) is a species of frog in the Ranidae family. It is found in Angola, Botswana, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe, possibly Burundi, and possibly Rwanda. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist montanes, dry savanna, moist savanna, subtropical or tropical dry shrubland, subtropical or tropical moist shrubland, subtropical or tropical dry lowland grassland, rivers, intermittent rivers, freshwater lakes, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marches, hot deserts, arable land, rural gardens, urban areas, and ponds.
From  Wikipedia - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ptychadena_anchietae



Unknown 2 - WEseekpoint: http://links.wildearth.tv/Unknown3
WE don't know who this little fella is ... please try and find him for us and I will update this Blog with the correct ID and credit you. Please mail info@wildearth.tv



I hope that you all enjoyed this as much as Emily and I did. Once again I want to thank all those that helped IDing the frogs, making the seekpoints and just being a part of WE ... it's in your nature.
 

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