You Lookin' at Me?
Photograph by Tim Laman
The "dechedch," or Platymantis pelewensis, stands its ground on Palau. Unlike reptiles, amphibians have a tough time migrating across salt water. Consequently there are only three species of frogs in the Micronesia-Fiji-Polynesia hotspot, a conglomeration of more than 1,400 islands across millions of miles of ocean. The frogs tend to hang out in patches of thick grass, where dozens of males can be heard vocalizing. Females often gather in caves or in the abundant remains of Japanese bunkers from World War II.