Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo

  Malayan horned frog

At the Detroit Zoo
Malayan horned frogs can be seen at the award-winning National Amphibian Conservation Center – a leader in amphibian conservation and research – which houses a spectacular diversity of frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians.


The Malayan horned frog is immediately recognized by the horn-like protrusions over each eye. These protrusions, along with its body shape and color, keep the frog camouflaged on the leaf-covered forest floor. This frog has a large angular head and a stocky body with short arms and legs. Its smooth skin is a mixture of light grey, tan and white. The underbody is generally a deep orange or red.


Scientific name: Megophrys nasuta
Continent: Southeast Asia
Habitat: Rainforest and fresh-water sources, among leaf litter
Size: Up to 5 inches long
Weight: 2.5 - 3 ounces
Diet: Crab, insects, scorpions, small lizards and other frogs
Lifespan: Estimated eight to 10 years in captivity
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Reproduction: A clutch of eggs is attached to the underside of rocks and logs located in fresh-water streams.


Tadpoles have a funnel-shaped mouth that is used to graze on food at the surface of the water.