Purple Frog

Purple Frog

Scientific Name – Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis

Classification – Sooglossidae

Baby Name – Tadpole, polliwog, froglet

Collective Noun – Army, colony

Average Length – 5.3 – 9 cm

Life Expectancy – 75 to 100 years

Breeding Season – Monsoon season

Incubation Period – Unknown

Metamorphosis Period – Around just over 3 months

Special Features – Have a distinct robust, rounded and bloated body; have a small head and a distinctive pointed snout compared to other frogs; remains underground for the most part of its life surfaces only in order to mate

Family Unit – Not known

Geographical Distribution – Western Ghats of India

World Population – Only 135 specimens have been observed so far; population trend is decreasing

Conservation Status – Endangered

Natural Habitat – Disturbed secondary forest in the vicinity of evergreen montane forest and cardamom plantations, also lives in undisturbed forest

Diet – Mostly termites

Predators – Unknown