Scientific Name : Uperodon globulosus
Family : Microhylidae
Order : Anura
Class : Amphibia
Phylum : Chordata
Other Name : Baloon Frog, Indian Globular Frog, Indian Balloon Frog, Grey Balloon Frog, Greater Balloon Frog
Habitat : Forests, Rural/Grasslands
Description : The Balloon Frog is a relatively large frog, typically growing to around 10-12 cm in length. Its body is round and plump, with a flattened head and a wide mouth. It has smooth, shiny skin that is green in color, with brown or black markings.
This frog is a voracious eater, with a diet that consists mainly of insects, spiders, and other small invertebrates. It is known for its ability to swallow prey that is almost as large as itself.
It is nocturnal, meaning it is most active at night. During the day, it will typically hide under leaves or in burrows to avoid predators.
Breeding in Balloon Frogs typically occurs during the rainy season, when males will call out to attract females. After mating, the female will lay her eggs in a shallow pool of water, where they will hatch into tadpoles.
These frogs are native to the forests and swamps of South America, where they live in moist, humid environments. They are well adapted to living in water, and will often float on the surface with their eyes and nostrils protruding above the waterline.
It has ability to puff itself up when threatened, making it appear larger and more intimidating to predators. It is also known for its large, powerful jaws, which it uses to capture and swallow prey.
Overall, It is a fascinating species of frog that is well adapted to life in its native habitat. Its distinctive appearance and unique behavior make it a popular choice for exotic pet owners, although it is important to note that wild populations of this species are threatened by habitat loss and over-collection for the pet trade.
Distribution in Bangladesh
description written by: Md. Shalauddin, Department of Zoology, Jagannath University, Dhaka. Information sources: IUCN Red List Bangladesh-2015, Hasan 2014, Khan 2018 (Photographic guide to the wildlife of Bangladesh).photo credit:Aniruddha Singhamahapatra (www.inaturalist.org/people/Aniruddha Singhamahapatra),photo copyright: iNaturalist. more information please contact with us.