Northern Vietnam, possibly China
Steep, rocky limestone cliffs in evergreen rainforest
Wild: Insects, small animals
Zoo: Crickets, waxworms, mealworms
Clutch: 10-40 eggs laid in gelatinous masses incubated above water in highly aerated waters
Bumpy, mottled skin in various shades of green and black. Grow up to 3.5 inches. Large eyes and toes which have adhesive disks. Females slightly larger than males.
Behavior: Nocturnal and very hard to find in wild because of their remarkable camouflage. When threatened, this frog will utilize deep water reservoirs to hide near the bottom among aquatic plants and rocks.
Reproduction: Between April and June, they breed in rocky cavities or tree holes which contain water. Eggs are laid in a foam nest over water.
Did You Know?
- Mossy frogs have been called ventriloquists because they can throw their voices.
- They are currently data deficient but are highly sought after in the pet trade which could threaten this species population.
- The greatest threat to the Mossy frog is habitat destruction.
- Also known as Tonkin bug-eyed frog.
Where in the Zoo?
I can be found in the RainForest Amphibian Exhibits at Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.