Wednesday, March 18, 2015

A (Asian) toad in bucket

Last year during this time we received a surprise guest (toad) in the bucket that left outside the home, in our earlier resident opposite to Sishya School. Seeing a toad or frog is not a surprise thing but the condition of the weather could make I guess. Summer in Chennai usually pick up in March, although it sense earlier this year, it was approximately same last year when we found a toad lonely floating in a bucked with least water left at the bottom.

Toad in a bucket
I was in wonder where the toad would have come from since the weather was very hot and wasn’t wet anywhere near and though I guess it must be a great survivor to come to quench the thirst and couldn’t leap out because of less water at bottom. The toad was floating in the water, leisurely stretching all the limbs and eyelids kept closed and open causes a sense of sleepiness. The toad spotted in black has beautiful texture/traces in brownish and yellowish and nice black curves around eyelids.

Floating alive
The toad commonly called as Asian common toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus) and also known as black-spectacled, common Sunda and Javanese toad, is probably a complex of more than once toad species that is widely distributed in South and Southeast Asia.  The amphibian is a lethargic timid animal that moves about with deliberate hops from place to another, comes out after sunset and frequents mostly the human habitations (where it gather under street lamps) to feed on photopilic insects.

A toad afloat

(source of info: wiki)

17 comments:

Sandhya said...

He looks beautiful! What happened later? Did you pour more water in the bucket?!

TexWisGirl said...

truly beautiful color and markings! neat!

Twilight Man said...

I had never seen a toad like this in my country. The colour and pattern is nice. I found a small green tortoise that waited outside my door for 2 days before I took it as a pet. Earlier I thought it was just a small leaf and ignored it.

Ankita said...

oh this toad is really very colorful! interesting color combos on its skin!!

Pooja Mittal said...

well , i am scared
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Chandra Eswaran said...

Jeevan,
Good on you to provide water to that poor Toad! I commend your good action my friend!!

The close-up of the Toad's designs are awesome - well done.

Usually though, isn't there a snake around, where there is a frog? :)

Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

Jeevan said...

Sandhya – We poured the water down later and let the toad free leap off among the plants.

Chandra – We didn't purposely left the water out and have no idea about proving water to the toad; it was a bucket we used to water plants and the frog had come in and couldn't jump out. Yes, there were snakes in that area and also we encountered a small snake that run into home one day. We aren't in that area anymore as we shifted home last month.

Destination Infinity said...

Does this frog look different or have I not been noticing frogs clear enough? Looks good!

Destination Infinity

ladyfi said...

What beautiful markings!

Rajesh said...

Great shots of the toad. I have not seen it before.

Betsy Adams said...

Great pictures of the toad... He really is pretty... Love all of those colors. Amazing how colorful so many of our critters are. Thanks for sharing.
Hugs,
Betsy

Arti said...

Little joys of life :) such a beautiful creature, the patterns are spectacularly captured!

Ramakrishnan Ramanathan said...

It is a beautiful looking toad. He must have into the bucket to cool off from the summer heat.

Indrani said...

It does look different and interesting.

Linda Eugenia Denise Brin Korbetis said...

vivid imagery.

Meoww said...

The toad looks amazing through your lens. Though I enjoy watching the amphibians from a distance, I am terrified of reptiles.

Uppal said...

a real surprise the appearance of the toad at this time of the year.