17 Feb '12, 5am

The Annotated Budak: Five levels of frogs by @budak

The Annotated Budak: Five levels of frogs by @budak

Though not beasts of the branches, microhylid frogs have also made numerous attempts at severing ties with standing water. Representatives elsewhere in the archipelago have developed extreme measures to break out of amphibious life-cycles. But the locally rare black-spotted sticky frog is content to seek out nurseries in flooded logs and other phytotelmata, including the cups of terrestrial pitcher plants . The tadpoles are said to survive on their own fatty deposits before leaving their shallow creches to vanish into the deep brown folds of the forest floor. Like their larger, bellowing kin , these stout little frogs feed on ants . Their tapering profile, broken by a foliar line that separates back from flank, renders the frogs near-invisible amid fallen litter. But a second line of defense exists in dorsal glands that exude a sticky slime to discourage further bites of a...

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