Mountain Chicken Frog

At the Detroit Zoo
A rare amphibian that was once served as a dinner entrée in some parts of the world can be seen at the Detroit Zoo. The mountain chicken frog is one of the largest frog species, with adults growing up to 8 inches long and weighing up to 2 pounds. Although once abundant in six of the Caribbean islands, the species is now confined to just Dominica and Montserrat. The frog was commonly hunted by islanders for food and is said to taste like chicken, which is how it got its name. The Detroit Zoo is one of only five U.S. zoos that provides a home to the species. They 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.


This large frog can come in different types of camouflage. Its chestnut-brown color can come in spots or stripes, while its belly is a dark yellow. A black line often runs from its snout to the angle of its mouth.


Scientific name: Leptodactylus fallax
Continent: Dominica and Montserrat
Habitat: It can be found in a variety of areas including river valleys, forests and other moist areas.
Size: Up to 8 inches long
Weight: Up to 2 pounds
Diet: Mice, fish and insects
Reproduction: While other frogs reproduce in water, this frog lays its eggs in a burrow about 20 inches in the ground. Breeding occurs in April, toward the end of the dry season.
Lifespan: 12 years
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered


The mountain chicken frog got its name from the locals who ate the frog, saying that its meat tasted like chicken.