12th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Life under Canopy

This is a newly emerged froglet of "Rhacophorus Malabaricus" also famously known with a common name "Malabar Gliding frog". A charismatic, flagship species of Indian Western Ghats that can glide feely from trees. Mating takes place in monsoon and eggs are laid on thick foam nest built using the leafs on an overhanging water body. The eggs hatch into tadpoles in approximately two to three weeks on the leaf itself and wriggle themselves free (aided by rain) and drop into the water. As the monsoon finishes these frogs climb up into the canopy or go safely understory and become inactive until the next pre-monsoon rains.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 10.2013
Date Uploaded: 11.2014
Photo Location: India
Camera: NIKON D7100
Copyright: © sunil sachi