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Mossy frog (Theloderma corticale)

Mossy frog
Mossy frog
Personal information
There are four mossy frogs at the Zoo, all male. They were born in 2006 and came to the Zoo in 2008.

Status in the wild
International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) status: Not assessed, not enough data. This species is threatened by forest damage and from its large demand in the pet trade.

Habitat
This frog prefers steep rocky cliffs in primary evergreen rainforests. They tend to live in tree holes or in rock cavities nearby water.  This species can be found among the mountain ranges of northern Vietnam, Mao Son and Tam Dao.

Diet

Insectivorous, eating crickets, locusts, waxworms, cockroaches moths and flies.

  • The name of this frog comes from the mottled green and brown skin that resembles moss.
  • They have large sticky pads on their toes and a soft underbelly, to be able to stick to sides of rock that are mossy and often slippery.
  • Females get larger than males, as with most tree frog species.