Mossy Frog

Mossy Frog

This Creature Got Creative with Camo

Before you look down and inspect that mossy rock, you might want to think twice. It may be alive. Actually, you probably won’t run into the Mossy Frog as it’s native to Vietnam. As with many other amphibian species, it’s also endangered.

This fairly small frog is partially aquatic and a tree-dweller. A member of the Rhacophoridae family, it falls into a group also known as “bush” frogs. Some of them fly. But our featured Mossy frog is just that: its skin is a bumpy, lumpy mass of black and green that provides the perfect camouflage from predators.

While the mossy frog may be in trouble in the wild, it’s often available through specialty suppliers for home terrariums. The frogs, which reach a body length of about three inches appear to do well in groups. They’ll require a mid-sized tank setup and need a good-sized pool along with leafy branches and rocks. While they’re typically nocturnal, they also like to sit in the open during daylight hours. Some owners state that these little frogs are so perfect in coloration that they’re difficult to spot. While they eat a variety of insects in the wild, they can thrive on crickets.

When alarmed, they may curl into a ball or find a place to hide. Even though they’re awake all night, they won’t be a noisy nuisance. Their calls are mild by comparison to most other types of frogs.

Because they adapt so well to vivariums and are classified as low maintenance, this species is excellent for those who are new to frog-keeping. And with their knobby camo, it can become quite a game to find them!

Photo public domain courtesy Tim Vickers