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Mossy frog

Theloderma corticale


This frog’s skin is green with dark stains and reddish bumps and spines which make the frog look like a clump of moss. It is an impressive form of camouflage. It will often sit on a rock submerged in water apart from its eyes. If it sits still, it is almost impossible to spot.

Like a ventriloquist, the mossy frog can throw its voice and make it sound like its call is coming from ten feet away from where the frog actually is. The average Mossy frog is 8 – 9 centimetres.

Animal class

Amphibian

Conservation status

Not believed to be at risk of extinction but threats include destruction of the rainforest in Tam Dao and the pet trade.

Habitat

Rainforest – found in North Vietnam and Southern China

Population

Wild population is currently unknown, but it is thought to be common in local areas.

Diet

Herbivore – mainly eats insects such as small crickets and cockroaches