Chunam Tree Frog, Common Indian Tree Frog
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Distribution and Habitat
Country distribution from AmphibiaWeb's database: Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka
Life History, Abundance, Activity, and Special Behaviors
The foam-nest is semiglobular in shape with a flat bottom attached to the substrate. Fresh foam is white, becoming dirty white or brown. Trees overhanging water tanks and pools are used as spawning sites. Size of foam-nest: 65-92 mm in diameter, eggs are pure white and 1.2-1.5 mm in diameter; up to 850 eggs in a single foam-nest. Tadpoles take 55 days for complete metamorphosis, feeding on desmids, diatoms and algae.
Relation to Humans
Possible reasons for amphibian decline
Local pesticides, fertilizers, and pollutants
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Written by peter janzen (pjanzen AT gmx.de), dght
First submitted 2005-05-17
Edited by Kellie Whittaker (2008-09-26)
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