Indian painted frog found in new area of Adilabad forests-Prelims-2017

  • It is not just the endangered Indian vulture Gyps indicus that lives in Bejjur forest in Adilabad, Telangana. The 253 sq. km. thickly forested area on the banks of Pranahita river in the eastern part of this district is a biodiversity haven, as the presence of a rare frog in the area shows.
  • The frog is found in tree holes, burrows, pollution-free wetland, and riverine areas, records of its distribution say.
  • This particular animal is listed among species of ‘least concern’ by IUCN, also known as the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
  • Bejjur reserve forest on the Pranahita basin, which also boasts of the Peddavagu stream cutting across, is home to a host of species of flora and fauna. The over 50 types of trees include the tall Narepa Chettu,Hardwickia binata, the insectivorous Drosera burmannii, and the flagship teak, Tectona grandis.
  • The presence of rare striped hyena, leopard, almost all the ungulates except the gaur, and even the tiger have been reported from here. There are around 16 species of birds of prey in addition to over 50 other avian species and about 15 reptiles and 10 species of amphibians.

Source: The Hindu

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