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If you have ever been out after a rain, then there is a high chance that you’ve seen a frog or a toad hopping around or they’re soaking in puddles or looking for something to eat. You’ve also probably wondered why you see more of them during the colder season or why they make a lot of noise after it rains. Then you ask yourself, why is that so? That is what we’re about to find out.
As amphibians, frogs and toads love wet and dark environments. Most frog species are nocturnal, which is why they can be heard more often when it’s nighttime. They thrive in moist areas and enjoy the cloudy weather. The clouds also act as a shield from the sun because too much exposure can dry frogs’ skin. The rainy season also keeps them hydrated, which allows them to roam around freely and comfortably.
Ideal for Mating
When the surrounding area is particularly wet and dark, you might hear this low, hoarse sound that frogs make. All this croaking signifies that they are ready to mate. Primarily, males do the croaking to attract the attention of the females.
If you listen closely, not all frogs sound the same. According to Dr. Jodi Rowley from the Australian Museum, different species have different mating calls so that male frogs can attract female frogs of their kind. The difference in their croaking is also helpful in identifying what types of frogs live in a specific area.
Furthermore, the rain creates fresh puddles of water, which makes an ideal setting for female frogs to lay eggs in. Frogs opt for these ‘temporary ponds’ because there is no chance for fish to consume their eggs, making it easier for them to develop into tadpoles and eventually into frogs.
Time for a Feast
Frogs aren’t the only ones who enjoy the rainy season. Different kinds of worms and snails wriggle out of their hiding spots to enjoy the wet environment as well. Unfortunately for them, it makes them vulnerable to frogs and toads. Since frogs do not have to worry about getting dehydrated during this season, they will be comfortable to jump around and look for food. In one of her interviews, crocodilian enrichment coordinator Savannah Boan said that heavy rains could hit flying bugs and insects, allowing frogs to eat them easily as they fall.
A Way to Cool Off
Since the Philippines is a tropical country that experiences high temperatures all year round, the rain is a welcome break from all the heat and a perfect opportunity for frogs to cool off. The heat and dry weather force them to hide under damp patches of land to prevent dehydration. Meanwhile, in the rain, frogs can go wherever they want without worrying about dying. Additionally, you may often see a frog sitting in a puddle of water. Actually, it’s their way of enjoying a drink or two. Frogs drink water through their skin, and their drinking patch is located right under their belly.
Survival of the Loudest
Not only do frogs croak to attract mates, but according to Marcel Iseli, a researcher for Animal Food Planet, they also croak to mark their territory. Given that frogs are comfortable and generally feel safe to roam around after the rain, they can easily travel and wander into another frog’s territory. Frogs in a specific spot will then croak loudly to warn others of their presence and make it known that they ‘own’ the space.
From mating to feeding and to cooling off, frog activities are reliant on the rain and the cool weather that comes with it. No wonder some people believe that frogs bring in the rain with their “singing.” Of course, this is false, and frogs aren’t reliable when it comes to weather forecasts. For that, better stick with our local meteorologist and, of course, Panahon TV.