Croaking in the Western Ghats
Encountering the enigmatic Green Croaker of Annamalai – Raorchestes jayarami.
Raorchestes jayarami, commonly known as Jayaram’s Bush Frog, is one of the many nocturnal residents of the Annamalai Tiger Reserve situated amidst the Western Ghats.
While visiting the Annamalai TR on a trip to research the herpetofauna in the area, we came across a wonderful resident. It was late in the evening, well after the sun had set, when we went out in search of the herpetofauna residing in the deep rainforests of Annamalai. After traversing for a while in the dense forests with LED torches, we heard the croaking call of this dynamic green beauty sitting underneath a Taro Leaf (Colocasiaesculenta) which is a tropical plant. This was a fabulous sighting for us as to catch a glimpse of this tiny little amphibian was not an easy task to accomplish.
Jayaram’s Bush frogs are endemic to Western Ghats. They are mostly green colored individuals with white underparts. It has a distinctive yellow patch around its eyes and a pointed snout which is one of the important characteristics of this species of frog. This striking green beauty inflates its vocal sac for attracting female counterparts which is a stunning sight to behold. We did take some pictures of its unique behavior without disturbing it to have some pictorial documentation.
Annamalai Tiger Reserve forms the habitat of many such amazing life forms and is a must visit place for nature lovers.