Panamanian Golden Frog

(Atelopus zeteki)

Amphibian  |  Central & South America

A Panamanian golden frog on a rock

Animal Info

Panamanian golden frogs are a bright golden-yellow color with some darker spots. The Zoo’s Panamanian golden frogs reside inside the CBE Building.

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 its natural range since 2006. Seneca Park Zoo is part of a larger conservation effort for these frogs, known as the Species Survival Plan (SSP).


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


Very small insects comprise the diet of these frogs.

Did you know?

Although Panamanian golden frogs are called frogs, they 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.

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