Frog of the Week

Long Nosed Horned Frog (Pelobatrachus nasuta)

Long Nosed Horned Frog
photo by Olaf Leillinger

Common Name: Long Nosed Horned Frog, Malayan Horned Frog, and Malayan Leaf Frog
Scientific Name: Pelobatrachus nasuta
Family: Megophryidae – Leaf Litter Frogs
Location: Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Thailand
Size: 3.9 – 4.7 inches (100 – 120 mm)

The Long Nosed Horned Frog has perfected its camouflaged look. Sitting amongst the leaf litter of the tropical rain forests floors, the frog can be hard to find for predators and to prey. Once its prey walks in front of it, its GG and the frog tries to swallow the prey whole. The frog breeds in forests streams.

They can be found in the pet trade but most of them are wild caught. Wild caught frogs are both bad for the environment and bad for the consumer. Wild caught animals are more easily stressed out and are shipped often terribly, so if you get a wild caught frog, it might die sooner. If you are still thinking of getting a frog, check out my post – Preparing For a Pet Frog / Toad. Its very helpful.

The species used to be in the genus Megophrys before being moved into the resurrected genus Pelobatrachus in 2020.

Long Nosed Horned Frog
photo by Frank Teigler

The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List assesses the Long Nosed Horned Frog as Least Concern for Extinction. They have a wide range and a presumed large population throughout it. However in Singapore, the species is listed as endangered due to destruction of stream habitat that the species needs to reproduce.

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