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Wayanad Forest Survey UPSC NOTE


Wayanad Forest Survey - Key discoveries

  • 67 species of reptiles and 59 species of amphibians were identified in the first herpetofaunal survey that concluded recently in the South Wayanad Forest Division in Kerala.

  • Of the 126 species identified, 48 amphibians and 21 reptiles are endemic to the Western Ghats.

  • The important amphibian species recorded during the survey include 

  • Starry Night Frog, bearing a constellation of blue dots on its obsidian body.

  • Miniature Night Frog, the tiniest frog in the country.

  • Endangered species such as Malabar Torrent Toad and Red Stream Toad.

  • The Naked Dancing Frog, previously associated only with areas in the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, was also sighted during the survey.

Green Tree Frog
  • Species like the Wayanad Dravidogecko, Nilgiri Spiny Lizard, and the Nilgiri Forest Lizard added depth to the survey’s significance. 

  • The presence of Shieldtail snake, predominantly from Wayanad, brought forth the region’s crucial role in global conservation discussions.



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