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PANAMANIAN GOLDEN FROG

(Atelopus zeteki)

Panamanian golden frogs are a bright golden yellow color with some darker spots. There are four Panamanian golden frogs at the Zoo. Two were born in 2005 and arrived here at the Zoo in 2006. The other two were born in 2007 and 2009, respectively and came here in 2013.

ABOUT THE PANAMANIAN GOLDEN FROG

STATUS IN THE WILD

International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List status: Critically endangered. Panamanian golden frogs are under pressure from loss of habitat, over collection and chytridiomycosis. Some scientists suspect that the Panamanian golden frog has been extinct in the wild since 2006. The Seneca Park Zoo is part of a larger conservation effort for these frogs, known as the Species Survival Plan (SSP).

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HABITAT

The Panamanian golden frog inhabits mountainous rainforests and streams in the rainforests of Panama.

DIET

Very small insects comprise the diet of these frogs.

DID YOU KNOW?

  • Although Panamanian golden frogs are called frogs, are scientifically classified as true toads.
  • These frogs communicate by waving their hands instead of croaking.
  • Panamanian golden frogs are considered lucky in Panama.
  • Panamanian golden frogs are poisonous, secreting a water-soluble neurotoxin.
  • In wet habitat, the frogs can weigh twice as much as those living in dry habitat, 12 to 17 grams compared to 3 to 7 grams.