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Mossy frog

Theloderma corticale

Mossy frog

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 a really 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.

Habitat
Rainforest

Diet - Carnivore
Mossy frogs feed on mainly insects such as small crickets and cockroaches.

Size 
The average Mossy frog is 8 – 9 centimetres.

Location 
Mossy frogs can be found in North Vietnam and Southern China.

Conservation status
The IUCN considers that there is inadequate information to make an assessment of its risk of extinction for the mossy frog.

Threats 
Destruction of the rainforest in Tam Dao is reducing the habitat of the frog. There is demand for this species from the global pet trade.

Current population 
At present the current population trend is unknown. It may be locally common.

Zoo population 
There are around 600 mossy frogs in zoos world wide.