Smoky Jungle Frog

Leptodactylus pentadactylus
(Laurenti, 1768)
Madre Selva field station, Depto Loreto, Peru. Januray 11, 2011.

It’s amazing how hard these big frogs can be to spot along the forest trails at night – I know I walked by several that people behind me pointed out. The best way to find them is to shine your flashlight at the ground a few meters away from the trail; their eyes throw back a red shine when the light hits them. Good luck getting close – they usually sit outside a burrow, retreating into it as you approach, and the red eye shine is suddenly gone. After a rain, the males often chorus out in the forest at night – “woop, woop, woop”.

My Flickr album for this species is here.

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