Last night I took an evening stroll to see the beautiful frogs of Kumasi, Ghana!
I only have one more day in Kumasi so I knew I had to get out into the forest and search for frogs. I have been so busy working with SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana that when I come back to my hotel at night I usually keep working or I just pass out! So last night I packed my gear and headed off into the night.
The first animal I found was this juvenile Agama agama. These lizards are extremely common. Not a frog, but still cool!
As I find these animals, it should be known that I am on the campus of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST). The University has a small river that divides the campus and where there is water… there are frogs!
It has been a while since I went out looking for frogs, but once I saw an individual then I started seeing dozens! Sometimes it takes time to acquire your search image. The species above is Phrynobatrachus accraensis.
Some frogs were quite big, like this Tiger Frog, Holobatrachus occipitalis. This species is commonly eaten in Ghana. Over-harvesting is a serious threat to amphibian populations and it is driving species to extinction.
Some species were quite small like this Phrynobatrachus calcaratus.
Others were just pure awesome! This is Ptychadena mascareniensis, or better known as the “rocket frog”. Their bodies are amazingly shaped to propel themselves through thick vegetation in order to escape predators. Aerodynamics in action!
I try not to handle frogs as they are sensitive animals. However, sometimes when you need to take a photo, then you need to gently capture the frog! As I was pursuing one individual I almost placed my hand on the most dangerous animal in the forest!
The Caterpillar. See those hairs? One touch and your entire arm can feel as if it is on fire. Last night I saw a venomous snake and a crocodile and I still consider the caterpillar to be more of a threat!
There was quite a melodious chorus of frogs last night! Afrixalus dorsalis has an incredibly loud, sharp call.
The same Afrixalus dorsalis male calling.
Many toads were out last night as well. This species is called the Common African Toad, Amietophrynus regularis.
This Amietophrynus regularis is missing a foot. Poor girl!
I noticed that this individual was rather thin as I moved it from the road. In Kumasi many toads get run over by cars.
Save The Toads!
Many toads were calling last night as well.
Last night was the first opportunity I had to be able to go out into the forest to search for amphibians. And the first one I found… this Phrynobatrachus spp… was found in a pile of trash. There is trash everywhere and the quality of habitat is poor. Help me change this: Appreciate nature and wildlife. Realize how important a healthy ecosystems is for you and share this fact with someone you care about it. Help me make this world a better place. For me, for you, and for the frogs.
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Kwame Nkrumah University of Science & Technology (KNUST)