Sunday 25 February 2024

Tadpoles on Yuelu Mountain

Most of the would-be rivulets which run down Yuelu mountain have been desiccated by a dry autumn and winter; I can still, fill my water bottles from an tap rooted to underground stream, but on the surface intermittent rains only soften the ground only for it to harden soon again. Puddles are sparse, though frogs seem to have found at least one mucky pond at the base of the mountain. I venture they are most likely black-spotted frog (pelophylax nigromaculatus, 黑斑侧褶蛙) spawn, since I frequently saw and heard these adult frogs around the same spots last autumn.
Tadpoles at Yuelu Mountain