by Ishanda Senevirathna, Resident Naturalist of Jetwing St. Andrew’s
Experience Jetwing St. Andrew’s wetland at night, where colorful tree frogs are most active and easily observed. Walk past the frog pond and through the forest along the stony path and explore the habitat of the beautiful frog species. The night tours are perfect for both frog enthusiasts and novice explorers! The frog watching tours are conducted by the in-house Naturalist, who will take you around the trails to explain how to spot frogs and will point out animals hiding from you. The tours start from 07.00p.m onwards and last for approx. 1.5 hrs; starting at the hotel wetland area. Up to 10 species of frogs along with many more night creatures can be observed.
- Montane hour-glass tree frog (Taruga eques)
- Common house toad (Duttaphrynus melanostictus)
- Half-webbed pug-snout frog(Ramanella palmata)
- Montane frog (Fejervarya greenii)
- Horton plains shrub frog (Pseudophilautus alto)
- Leaf nesting shrub frog (Pseudophilautus femoralis)
- Small eared shrub frog (Pseudophilautus microtympanum)
- Schmarda’s shrub frog (Pseudophilotes schmarda)
- Dull-green shrub frog (Pseudophilotes viridis)
Nuwara Eliya, situated in the central hills of Sri Lanka is 1862 m above sea level and receives an average annual rainfall of 2150 mm. Although it is one of the major cities in the central hills, wet lands and many montane forest patches still exist in it. Many vertebrate species including the above mentioned amphibian species are recorded in this area. Amphibians are considered as environmental indicator species since they are very susceptible to slight changes.