Reptiles and Amphibians of Thailand

Thailand's Snakes, Lizards, Turtles, and Frogs

Identifying Frogs

You hear frogs at night, find them in your garden, see them jump as you walk by ponds. Along with lizards, spiders, birds, and bats, frogs are a major factor in the control of insects, and are also a food source for many animals. You might see the following frogs here in Bangkok:

The fat warty toads

Common indian toad Duttaphrynus melanostictus bangkok thailand
Common Indian Toad – “warts” on body, large glands behind each eye, ridges on head

The pointy-headed frogs with ridges

Asian Grass Frog Fejervarya limnocharis
Asian Grass Frog – average size, often has stripe down its back, not in salty water
Fejervarya moodiei brackish frog crab-eating frog thai national parks
Brackish Frog – deeper and pointier head than Asian Grass Frog, usually near the coast (photo by Thai National Parks)
Chinese Edible Frog Hoplobatrachus rugulosus
Chinese Edible Frog – large heavy body and legs, no stripe, not in salty water

The pointy-headed frogs with smooth skin

Three-striped Grass Frog Hylarana macrodactyla
Three-striped Grass Frog – slender legs, three stripes with narrowest one in middle
Green Paddy Frog Hylarana erythraea
Green Paddy Frog – medium legs, stripes on sides are broader, no stripe on back

The stout little frogs floating in puddles

Round-tongued Floating Frog Occidozyga martensii
Round-tongued Floating Frog – round squat body with eyes set to the side of head
Green Puddle Frog Occidozyga lima
Green Puddle Frog – round squat body with eyes that are slightly upturned

The flat, squat frogs on the ground

Ornate Narrowmouth Frog Microhyla fissipes ornata  Mukhlesur’s Narrowmouth Frog
Microhyla mukhlesuri
Mukhlesur’s Narrowmouth Frog – narrow head, triangular body, ornate mark on back
Dark-sided Narrowmouth Frog Microhyla  heymonsi Arcuate-spotted Pygmy Frog
Darkside Narrowmouth Frog – narrow head, triangular body, dark sides

Inornate Froglet Micryletta inornata bangkok thailand
Inornate Froglet – flattened squarish body, broader head, streaked dark markings
asian painted frog banded bullfrog Kaloula pulchra bangkok thailand
Asian Painted Frog – blunt head, fat round body, broad cream bands on both sides

The long-legged acrobatics in the trees and bushes

Four-lined Treefrog Polypedates leucomystax Brown Tree Frog - Polypedates megacephalus bangkok thailand
Brown Treefrog – broad head, long toes with pads on the end

6 thoughts on “Identifying Frogs

  1. Thanks! Found almost all of these frogs and toads around my grans garden, never figured out what they all were until now

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