Frog of the Week

Archey’s Frog (Leiopelma archeyi)

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by David M. Green

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Common Name: Archey’s Frog
Scientific Name: Leiopelma archeyi
Family: Leiopelmatidae
Location:  New Zealand
Size: 1.45 inches or 37 mm

Archey’s frog is a rather old species of frog native to New Zealand.  They are considered living fossils since they and the other members of the family haven’t changed much in 200 million years.  Archey’s frog are fully terrestrial and even lay their eggs under vegetation on land. Males guard the nest of eggs. The eggs hatch into tailed froglets and the male Archey’s Frog carry them on their backs for weeks until finish metamorphosis

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