We talk about frogs being the ultimate masters of disguise, and they just don’t get much cooler than today’s Frog of the Week: the Vietnamese Mossy frog. It has been said that the Mossy frog has the most elaborate camouflage in the animal kingdom. One look at this fascinating species, it’s easy to see why!
Native to rivers and streams of northern Vietnam, these amphibians are known for having black, red and green colorations along with an uneven, bumpy texture that enables them to essentially disappear into the background of their natural forest habitats; therefore keeping them safe from predators. Adding to their impressive camouflage? When frightened, they will roll into a ball and play dead. This formation allows them to look like a clump of moss instead of an edible frog!
As with most Tree frog species, the females will grow larger than the males and can reach sizes of 2.5 – 3.5 inches. The sticky discs at the end of each toe makes them skillful tree climbers, and their large, bright eyes give them a broad range of vision.
Come face-to-face with Mossy frogs, on exhibit during Frogs: Nature’s Messenger, now through April 27 at Adventure Aquarium.