A frog snuck into the hand luggage of an Icelandic tourist while traveling in Thailand, but the traveler didn’t notice it until back home in Iceland. The frog was taken to the Icelandic Institute of Natural History (NÍ) where it died over the weekend.
The stowaway frog. Photo by Erling Ólafsson, courtesy of NÍ.
“I’m glad that I didn’t have to kill it. That’s always difficult in the case of such a beautiful animal,” entomologist Erling Ólafsson told Morgunbladid, explaining that it is always advisable to destroy such exotic visitors, “because you never know what they might bring with them.”
The frog was almost ten-centimeter long and of the species Kaloula pulchra, which is called Asian painted frog or Banded bull frog in English. It lives in Southeast Asia, from Nepal and northeast India, through Myanmar and Thailand to southern China, Singapore, Sumatra, Borneo and Sulawesi.
The frogs thrive in damp vegetation and moss, for example on forest floors and rice fields. They are popular pets, according to ni.is.