A Beginner Guide to Frogging in Singapore
by Chan Kwok Wai
Are you aware that Singapore is home to at least 27 species of frogs and toads? Yes, 27 in a concrete city! Well, not all are native as some are introduced. But some have been here long enough to be "Permanent Resident" already. The Banded Bull Frog is just one of them.
About one third of Singapore 's frog and toad species are able to thrive in man-made habitats such as gardens and parks. The remaining species are mainly forest specialists which could only be found in our ever shrinking forest habitiats.
For beginners, I would suggest that you need to start with the following:
- A Torch light/Headlamp - Visit this link if you are interested in what I am using.
- A Camera
- A Frog Guide Book - I would recommend you get a copy of Wild Animals of Singapore: A Photographic Guide to Mammals, Reptiles, Amphibians and Freshwater Fishes. It covers most of the frog species with photographs and facts. It also includes a page on common tadpoles to help you with the identification.
Frogs are nocturnal, it is easier to look for them after a downpour. The Singapore Botanic Garden is a good place to start frogging. Try to spot Malayan Giant Frog, Green Paddy Frog, Four-lined Tree Frog and the Asiatic Toad. There are a few water bodies in Singapore Botanic Garden. Approach these water bodies slowly and listen for calls and movements. Here's a list of water-bodies to check on:
- Swan lake and nearby water bodies: Malayan Giant Frog, Green Paddy Frog.
- Water Bodies, Waterfall in Ginger Garden: Green Paddy Frog, Four-lined Tree Frog.
- Water fountain outside National Orchid Garden: Four-lined Tree Frog.
- Symphony lake: American Bull Frog, Green Paddy Frog and Asian Toad.
Click here to see map of Singapore Botanic Garden.
Have fun frogging!
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