Treasures of Mt. Takao

Mt. Takao has abundant nature with warm-temperature forests and temperate forests. There are a lot more species could be called as "treasure" inhabits other than explained in animals, insects and birds section. Spiders is one of them because they are beneficial insects and its prey is destructive insects. Over 300 species including rare ones inhabits and Mt. Takao is the mountain with the largest number of species of spiders and widely known as a paradise for spiders.

Rana tagoi tagoi (Tago’s Brown Frog)
Rana tagoi tagoi (Tago’s Brown Frog) Tago’s Brown Frog
Main region: Honshu, Shikoku, Kyushu and Goto Islands. Found in forests and streams in mountains. The body color varies by individual species from ocher to red-brown. Feed on insects, spiders and shellfish that mostly live on the ground. Male have vocal sac (sound-resonating throat pouch) and create unique voice with low tones during breeding season but it is difficult to find them as they are mostly hiding between rocks as they are small species. Breeding season is from February to March, and lay larger sized eggs compare to other frogs. Hatched tadpoles live from nutrients from eggs and live on the ground after emerged to adults. It was named after famous herpetologist Prof. Katsuya Tago.

●Body Length  about 3 to 5 cm
●Season  March to October
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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