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
Spotted Wood Kingfisher (unlike most kingfishers, this species does not rely on water bodies)
female of the same species
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
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.
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
Common Puddle Frog (Occidozyga laevis)
Woodworth’s Frog? (Limnonectes woodworthi)
Big-headed Frog (Limnonectes macrocephalus)
Various Platymantis sp., possibly dorsalis
And what is this?
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
Four-lined Treefrog (Polypedates leucomystax), also probably introduced species
Perhaps Greenhouse Frog (Eleutherodactylus planirostris)?, another introduced species
Greater Musky Fruit Bat? appeared to be sick or injured
Asian Palm Civet
Thanks for taking a look.