Amphibians

Amphibians, such as frogs and toads, have to dwell in damp environments because of their ability to breathe through their skin. It is damp and rainy in the Sun Moon Lake area and if you observe the surroundings carefully, you can find their tracks. Amphibians are nocturnal and they are mostly seen at the rim of lake, in undrained low lands, rhines, streams, farmed lands, paddy fields, bamboo woods, leaf heaps under orchards, bushes, the auxillary part of Alocasia macrorrhiza, and small tree holes with water or bamboo barrels. You can hear the united chorus between frogs around the lake and also along with the background music from other insects.

Amphibians

White-lipped Tree Frog | Rhacophorus megacephalus

White-lipped Tree Frog

Alias:White-lipped Tree Frog, Big Head Tree Frog

 

Distribution:In low altitude to flat land. Shapes and Features:The front and back ends of its hind legs are striped with reticular stripes alternating with black and white. It is a medium-sized tree frog, with a yellow-brown back, and a mostly smooth surface. It's call, "Da Da Da", sounds like stones clashing or like trains running on the railway; it gives the impression of percussion music. A series of "Da Da Da" goes on and on and on. It is among a few of the little frogs that like to call in the daytime.

 

Habitual Behavior:It dwells in the paddy field, pools, bushes, and the riverside. Its calling sounds like drum-beating, low, loud and clear; you can even hear it in the daytime. They appear more in low sea level areas and are active at night. From April to September is the main reproductive season of the White Lipped Tree Frog. They lay their yellow bubble eggs on the trees next to the pond; there is a white spot on the lip tip of the tadpole that makes it easy to be identified.

Rhacophorus moltrechti | Rhacophorus moltrechti

Rhacophorus moltrechti

Distribution:Rhacophorus moltrechti is an endemic and protected species in Taiwan. They are green tree frogs and are widespread from middle to low elevations in mountain forests.

 

Shapes and Features:Its irises and ventral side of its thighs are orange, and there are many tiny black spots on the lateral side and inside its limbs. It's a medium-sized green tree frog whose total length is about 4 to 5 centimeters and toe tips are inflated into cupules. It's green on the dorsum and red on the hip.

 

Habitual Behavior:It hides by day and comes out at night. In daytime it shelters in wet brakes, under rocks, or at the base of petioles.

 

It sounds like a turkey gobbling continuously: " Gu-A, Gu-A A A, Gu-A A A." It is one of the few tree frogs that like to call in the daytime. It breeds almost the whole year, but is more common in spring and fall. It comes out at night to forage and display courtship and its colonies are common in some areas. The yellow eggs are in the white foamy egg masses. Clutch size is about 100-300 eggs, and the egg mass is about 8 centimeters long.