Citizen scientist finds exotic frog species in her garden

Above: A greenhouse frog is camouflaged among clay pebbles in a pot in Mrs Vaithilingam's garden. Right: Some of the frogs are now housed in a terrarium. Retired teacher Hedy Vaithilingam turned a fish tank into a terrarium and keeps six of the frogs
Retired teacher Hedy Vaithilingam turned a fish tank into a terrarium and keeps six of the frogs there so her grandchildren (from left) Tyler Vaithilingam, 10, Ezra Vaithilingam, 15 months, Travis Vaithilingam, eight, and Kirsten Vaithilingam, 10, can observe them.PHOTO: KEVIN LIM
Above: A greenhouse frog is camouflaged among clay pebbles in a pot in Mrs Vaithilingam's garden. Right: Some of the frogs are now housed in a terrarium. Retired teacher Hedy Vaithilingam turned a fish tank into a terrarium and keeps six of the frogs
Above: A greenhouse frog is camouflaged among clay pebbles in a pot in Mrs Vaithilingam's garden. PHOTO: KEVIN LIM

Retiree notices unusual behaviour of new visitors and sets about finding what they are

When Mrs Hedy Vaithilingam, 70, was in her garden one morning she noticed a few tiny frogs in her orchid pot.

It piqued her interest, but little did she know that she had stumbled upon an locally exotic species. "They were hopping around, and looked different from the toads that normally come to my garden," said the retired teacher, who lives in a terraced house in Jalan Mariam.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 31, 2018, with the headline 'Citizen scientist finds exotic frog species in her garden'. Print Edition | Subscribe