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Who poured soap in my pond?

July 14, 2010

No, it is not soap, not even shampoo. Some species of tree frogs (Rhacophoridae) hide their eggs in foam, so that predators will not easily find them. The foam is formed as a result of whipping/kicking a special fluid secreted by the female. When the tadpoles hatch, they wiggle down into the water. The most common species in our Chiang Mai gardens is the nocturnal Rhacophorus (Polypedates) leucomystax, the House Tree Frog. The tadpoles have a white blotch on the nose. The adult is yellowish, and it can make elegant jumps very far. It likes to sit in a flowering pot or small pot of water with ornamental plants, making a series of very short sounds reminding of cracking wood.

Eric Danell, Dokmai Garden

No, it is not soap, just foam to protect the eggs of a tree frog.

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