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A bit of Manila

02 Sep

Sorry about my tardiness – I wrote this post months ago and just realized that I never made it public!

After the community workshop I described earlier, I got a couple days to herp the area surrounding the farms. It was a lovely stretch of partially farmed, partially forested hillside with a stream and several waterfalls. I had also come to Manila to attend a week-long conference among development workers, and our retreat center bordered some forest and a stream as well. Here goes a bit of what I found in these two spots.

Landscape shots a quick hike from the farm

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Spotted Wood Kingfisher (unlike most kingfishers, this species does not rely on water bodies)

spotted wood kingfisher or spotted kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) male luzon

female of the same species

spotted wood kingfisher or spotted kingfisher (Actenoides lindsayi) female luzon

Flying Dragon (Draco sp.) that I spotted when it glided straight past my head. Would like help on the specific ID if possible – wings appeared red when it flashed by me in the air

Flying Dragon in Luzon

Flying Dragon in Luzon

Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) Interestingly 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.

Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) in Manila

Green Crested Lizard (Bronchocela cristatella) in Manila

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

Emerald Tree Skink (Lamprolepis smaragdina philippinica) in luzon

Emerald Tree Skink (Lamprolepis smaragdina philippinica) in luzon

Spiny-tailed House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus)

Spiny-tailed House Gecko (Hemidactylus frenatus) in manila

Stump-toed Gecko (Gehyra mutilata)

Stump-toed Gecko (Gehyra mutilata) in luzon

Tokay Gecko (Gecko gekko)

Tokay Gecko (Gecko gekko) in luzon

Common Puddle Frog (Occidozyga laevis)

Common Puddle Frog (Occidozyga laevis) in Manila

Woodworth’s Frog? (Limnonectes woodworthi)

Woodworth's Frog? (Limnonectes woodworthi) in Manila

Big-headed Frog (Limnonectes macrocephalus)

Big-headed Frog (Limnonectes macrocephalus) in luzonBig-headed Frog (Limnonectes macrocephalus) in luzonBig-headed Frog (Limnonectes macrocephalus) in luzon

Various Platymantis sp., possibly dorsalis

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And what is this?

Platymantis sp. in Manila and Luzon

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.

Cane Toad (Rhinella marina) in Manila

Green Paddy Frog (Hylarana erythraea), another introduced species

Green Paddy Frog (Hylarana erythraea), in Manila

Four-lined Treefrog (Polypedates leucomystax), also probably introduced species

Four-lined Treefrog (Polypedates leucomystax) in Manila

Perhaps Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris)?, another introduced species

Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris) in Manila, PhilippinesGreenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris) in Manila, PhilippinesGreenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris) in Manila, Philippines

Greater Musky Fruit Bat? appeared to be sick or injured

Greater Musky Fruit Bat

Asian Palm Civet

Asian Palm Civet (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus) in luzon

Thanks for taking a look.

 
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