Amphibians at the Detroit Zoo

 Mexican giant tree frog

At the Detroit Zoo
Mexican giant tree 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 Mexican giant tree frog is round with long arms and legs and a stout body. Its eyes are gold and black. This frog can change colors from brown to bright green with a cream underside. Its back usually has small gold or orange spots.


Scientific name: Pachymedusa dacnicolor
Continent: Mexico and North America
Habitat: Sub-tropical lowlands and marshy dry forests
Size: 2.5 - 4 inches long
Weight: Estimated 3 ounces
Diet: Insects
Lifespan: Approximately eight years in captivity
Conservation Status: Least Concern
Reproduction: Eggs are deposited in a gelatinous nest underneath leaves, positioned above water. Tadpoles will drop into the water as they hatch.

 mexican giant tree frog


This frog has muscular forearms to help it climb trees. 


Pachymedusa danicolor

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