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LEMUR LEAF FROG

(Hylomantis lemur)

There are three lemur leaf frogs at the Zoo. They were born in 2013 and arrived in 2014.

ABOUT THE LEMUR LEAF FROG

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Critically endangered. The survival of the lemur leaf frog is now dependent on human efforts to sustain the species. The decline has been most severe in Costa Rica and Panama. Most of the population decline is due to chytrid fungus, a pathogen which causes chytridiomycosis.

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HABITAT

The lemur leaf frog can be found in Central and Southern America, including Panama, Columbia and Costa Rica. They prefer to live in rainforests where rainfall is plentiful.

DIET

Lemur leaf frogs are carnivores. They eat very small insects and invertebrates.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • The name lemur derives from this frog’s resemblance to the lemurs of Madagascar.
  • The skin color of the lemur tree frog changes with the frog’s activity level. Light green indicates resting and darker green with red spots indicates higher activity.
  • Lemur leaf frogs will lay their eggs on the undersides of leaves overhanging a body of water so that when the eggs hatch, the tadpoles will fall into the water.
  • The lemur leaf frog lacks inter-digit webbing between its fingers and toes, which distinguishes it from its close relatives.