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.



This frog has muscular forearms to help it climb trees. 


Pachymedusa danicolor

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