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.

Hyla japonica (Japanese Tree Frog)
Hyla japonica (Japanese Tree Frog) Japanese Tree Frog
Main region: All over Japan and southernmost area is Yaku Island. Is the most popular and widely distributed in Japan. Found in waterside from flatlands to mountains. Most people may have seen them at least once in paddy fields. Are bright green on the back but could turn them into brown or gray-brown adjusted to the surrounding environment. Make “croak, croak, croak…” sounds by enlarging vocal sacs like balloons. Feed on insects and spiders. They are cute looking and make people want to touch but their skin is poisonous. Cause pain when rubbing eyes with the hand touched their skin (This is common in amphibia species). Eyes of tadpoles are apart, thus it is easy to identify this species from other frog’s tadpoles.

●Body Length  about 3 to 4 cm
●Season  April to October
※Quotation from Mount Takao formula application
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