After the community workshop I described earlier, I got a couple days to herp the area surrounding the farm. It was a lovely stretch of partially farmed, partially forested hillside with a stream and several waterfalls. Earlier that week I had attended a development workers conference that was also just outside of Manila, and that retreat center also bordered some forest with a stream. Here’s a bit of what I found in these two spots.
A few landscape shots just a quick hike from the farm
Spotted Wood Kingfisher (unlike most kingfishers, this species does not rely on water bodies)
female of the same species
Flying Dragon, probably Philippine Flying Dragon (Draco spilopterus) that I spotted when it glided straight past my head. Would like help on ID if possible – wings appeared red when it flashed by me in the air
Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) It was a full bright green when it was sleeping on the branch, but turned progressively more brown as I caught it and was nearly all brown by the time I released it.
Emerald Tree Skink (Lamprolepis smaragdina philippinica), spotted after a long period of patient sitting and waiting at the same tree the flying dragon had jumped from
Woodworth’s Frog (Limnonectes woodworthi)
Big-headed Frog (Limnonectes macrocephalus), also known as Luzon Fanged Frog
Platymantis sp., possibly dorsalis
Platymantis sp., possibly mimulus
Cane Toad (Rhinella marina), by far the most common herp in the area and invasive. If I go back I might just spend all my time killing cane toads. Need to get the residents a good income-generation project for them.
Green Paddy Frog (Hylarana erythraea), another introduced species
Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris), another introduced species
Greater Musky Fruit Bat? appeared to be sick or injured
Thanks for taking a look. If you want to learn more about Lilok Farm, check out my writeup on their sustainable nature-and-farming model.