The Holst’s frog ( Babina holsti ) is a rare species found in northern Okinawa. It is currently listed endangered on the IUCN red list. It is designated as a natural monument by the Okinawa Prefecture. This large amphibian is decreasing in numbers due to habitat loss.
- Scientific name: Babina holsti (Boulenger, 1892)
- Distribution: Northern Okinawa-Japan
- Habitat: Forest streams
- Diet: Insects, worms, snails and small reptiles
- Average Size: 100mm -125mm
The Holst’s frog is the largest frog found on Okinawa. It hides in holes, crevices and small caves in the day.
This is a size comparison photograph taken with the Iphone 6s. This is a good size frog but they do get larger than this.
Photographed on white for the Meet Your Neighbours global biodiversity project. All images are used for conservation awareness and educational purposes.
The juvenile’s have a dark brown patch on the top section of the body. They bland in very well with their habitat.
They are sometimes found searching for food on the back roads of Northern Okinawa.
Be careful and pay close attention to crossing wildlife!
Lets protect the wildlife of Okinawa!