Frog of the Week

Vietnamese Mossy Frog (Theloderma corticale)

Vietnamese Mossy Frog
photo by H Zell

Common Name: Vietnamese Mossy Frog
Scientific Name: Theloderma corticale
Family: Rhacophoridae – Asian Tree Frog family
Location: Vietnam, possibly China and Laos
Size: 3.5 inches (8.89 cm)

The Vietnamese Mossy Frogs are found in primary evergreen forests by cliffs and steep cliffs. They breed in rock cavities that have filled with water. They lay their eggs above the water and when the eggs hatch into tadpoles, they drop into the water where they stay for 3 months until they finish their metamorphosis. Neither parent provides any care for their offspring.

The Vietnamese Mossy Frog is increasing in popularity in the pet trade. They are a kinda complicated frog to take care of. They require a large water source to bath in. These frogs are often found next to or in their water. They also need tall tanks for them to climb. When they aren’t in the water, they like to climb. Branches and vines are great for them. Mossy Frogs can be housed together as long as enough space is provided. I would go with at least 20 gallon tall tank for 2 frogs.

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