Frog of the Week

Malagasy Rainbow Frog (Scaphiophryne gottlebei)


Common Names: Malagasy Rainbow Frog, Ornate Hopper, Rainbow Burrowing Frog, Red Rain Frog, and Gottlebe’s Narrow-Mouthed Frog.
Scientific Name: Scaphiophryne gottlebei
Family: Microhylidae
Location: Madagascar
Size: 1.2 to 1.6 inches (30 to 40 mm) for females and 0.8 to 1.2 inches (20 to 30 mm) for males.

The Malagasy Rainbow Frog is a colorful frog that has a unique in that it has the ability to burrow into the ground and also climb up vertical rock walls thanks to claws in its front limbs. This is different than tree frogs that use the pads on its fingers to climb. They often live on the holes in cliffs.

It is currently listed as endangered because of over-harvesting for the pet trade, habitat degradation, timber extraction, and mining.


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