Frog of the Week

Mountain Chicken Frog (Leptodactylus fallax)

by  Gerardo Garcia /


Common Name:  Mountain Chicken Frog or Giant Ditch Frog
Scientific Name: Leptodactylus fallax
Family: Leptodactylidae
Location: Dominica and Montserrat
Size: 8.2 inches or 210 mm

The Mountain Chicken Frog is one of the largest frogs left in the world. Males fight each other to win a mate. Once a male wins, the female and male reproduce and create a nest for the eggs. Males leave the nest but protect from outside while the females stay with the nest and protect it from there.

The Mountain Chicken Frog is critically endangered. It used to be found on more islands in the Caribbean but over harvesting and chytrid fungus has wiped out their populations. Now zoos and other facilities are trying to breed them and stop the spread of diseases in their population.


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