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Vietnamese mossy frog Theloderma corticale

Animals in our sanctuary

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The Vietnamese mossy frogs came from a Dutch Zoo and found their new home in De Zonnegloed.

Where does he feel most at home?

The Vietnamese mossy frog is found in northern Vietnam, south–central Laos, and southern China (Guangdong, Guangxi, Hainan, Yunnan).

Its natural habitats are primarily evergreen rainforests and subtropical forest where they have been found inside pools in hollowed logs, placed by the local villagers. It is a semi-aquatic that is found in caves and steep rocky cliffs. This frog has been observed between 470 and 1500 meters above sea level. Breeding takes place in rock cavities or tree holes.

What's his favourite food?

Its diet consists of crickets, cockroaches, and earthworms.

Fun fact

The common name "mossy frog" arises from the fact that its skin is a mottled green and brown that resembles moss growing on rock, and forms an effective form of camouflage. They have large sticky pads on their toes and a soft underbelly.

The females will grow larger than the males. Males tend to have a red nuptial pad on the inside of each front foot that is bright red and swollen during breeding season, which can occur year round. Males also have a soft, hooting call, similar to an owl.

This species will curl into a ball when frightened, and play dead.


Its habitat is threatened by forest loss. It is also collected for the international pet trade. Like many amphibians, the Vietnamese mossy frog is vulnerable to the chytrid fungus Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis. Nonetheless, the conservation of this species is classified as "Least Concern" by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.

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