I found this beautiful frog in a flowerpot outside my house a couple of days ago. It’s still there, soaking up the recent heavy rains.
Here’s a close-up of the head.
By one of those curious coincidences that have been visiting me regularly of late, I saw this in the newspaper at about the same time:
Doesn’t my frog look like the fourth frog in the slide show? This is a frog and not a toad, right? I’m hot on the trail of the scientific name of this close cousin to the newly discovered species in the slide show. Will I have a frog or butterfly named after me?
If ever a frog deserves to turn into a handsome prince when a beautiful maiden kisses it, it’s this frog.
Update (August 14, 2011): A reader has identified the frog as the bullfrog, Hoplobatrachus tigerinus, which is found all over India.