Tree Frog and Python Are Unlikely Best Buds [Photos]


Normally, snakes see a frog and think “dinner”, but this twosome stick to each other — literally.

Indonesian photographer Fahmi Bhs, 39, spotted the pair on one of his trips to a zoo in Jakarta. The sight stopped him in his tracks, and his breathing. “I was worried the python may swallow this beautiful frog,” he said.

This little frog, his lush green skin glistening in the sunlight, holds on to the cool, sinewy length of his slithery friend, thanks to the sticky suctions at the end of his toes.

“But then a keeper told me that this particular snake doesn’t eat frogs at all and it did seem almost undisturbed by its presence,” Bhscontinued, “The python occasionally sniffed around the frog but then it just let the creature do whatever he needed to do.”

Measuring three feet, the forest-green python doesn’t seem to mind his clingy passenger. Wrapped around the branches of a coconut tree, all it gave to acknowledge the frog’s presence was a few sniffs here and there.

The wee frog in the photos is a White’s Tree Frog. It can come in a range of colors, from bluish green, light green, and brown, and its skin can change color with the color and temperature of its habitat, often making it difficult prey to catch. It’s skin gives of a waxy shine thanks to a wax-like coating that helps it retain moisture and survive in environments with a lower level of humidity than its natural habitat.

Its hardy nature makes it an ideal pet for beginners in reptile care. It’s earned the nickname “Dumpy” tree frog, as it has a tendency to get obese when overfed. Remember, these frogs are used to hunting for their meals in the wild, giving them plenty of exercise, a lot more than a regular human-made habitat.

 

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