Frog of the Week

Muller’s Termite Frog (Dermatonotus muelleri)

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photo by Diogo B. Provete

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Common Name: Muller’s Termite Frog
Scientific Name: Dermatonotus muelleri
Family: Microhylidae
Location: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, and Paraguay
Max Size: 2 inches, 50 mm

Muller’s Termite Frog is a burrowing (fossorial) frog found in South America.  It is the only species in its genus. Their diet consists of termites. When they come to the surface to breed during the rainy season, thousands of males can be heard calling. They reproduce and lay their eggs in water bodies that are shallow. These frogs can be found in the pet trade.

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