Recently once again a proposal for assigning the official tag for the Mahabali frog to come up before the State Wildlife Advisory Board which was recommended by the Kerala Forest Department.

 

About the ‘Mahabali Frog’

  • The Mahabali frog is also known as the pignose frog.
  • It is endemic to the Western Ghat.
  • Habitat: These frogs prefer loose, damp and well-aerated soil close to ponds and ditches or streams.
  • Specific Traits of this frog —
  • Unlike other frogs, it has very short hind legs, which do not allow it to leap from one spot to another.
  • It buries itself all through the year and surfaces only one day to lay eggs.
  • Conservation Status: IUCN – Near Threatened