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Lemur leaf frog

Agalychnis lemur

Lemur leaf frog

The lemur leaf frog is a nocturnal tree frog, active throughout most of the year. It sleeps on the undersides of leaves during the day, and begins activity after dusk. Its back is pale green by day and various shades of brown by night. It is a fraiI, thin frog which rarely jumps but usually climbs slowly in a walking motion on leaves or twigs.

This frog approaches its prey slowly and pounces from about 50 to 60 mm away, while continuing to grip the perch with its feet. Its call is a very short "tick" repeated every 25 seconds. If it meets another male, it will change its call to chase the intruder away.

Animal class
Amphibian

Habitat
Humid lowland and forest

Diet - Insectivore
Lemur leaf frogs feed on eggs of reptiles and birds.

Size
Lemur leaf frogs body length can be up to 45 millimetres.

Location
Lemur leaf frogs are found in Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia.

Conservation status
The IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) considers that the lemur leaf frog is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild. 

Threats
The main threat to the lemur leaf frog is probably from disease caused by chytrid fungus. Habitat loss is also a problem.

Current population
The lemur leaf frog used to be abundant, but recently populations have disappeared and numbers continue to decrease. 

Zoo population
The lemur leaf frog is managed under a European Studbook Programme (ESB). There are over 500 lemur leaf frogs in zoos around the world.