Critically endangered and so tiny that one could easily fit on your fingertip. A slender amphibian, their large bulging eyes, with silvery white irises add to their fragile appearance.
These frogs have the remarkable ability to change colour depending on whether they are active or resting; greenish-yellow to blend in during the day, turning to a reddish-brown at night when they are most active.
Lemur leaf frogs are carnivores and eat insects, snails and other small invertebrates.
In the wild lemur leaf frogs live in South American tropical rainforests. Males call to females from plants positioned over water.
The lemur leaf frog population has fallen by half over the last 15 years. This is due to habitat loss and the deadly chytrid fungus. However, the future is looking brighter for this species thanks to the breeding programme at Bristol Zoo.
Lemur leaf frogs are a EAZA European Studbook species (ESB), and the European breeding programme is coordinated here at Bristol Zoo.
Watch Tim Skelton, our curator of reptiles & amphibians talk about the importance of the lemur leaf frog conservation programme.
As these frogs develop and grow into adults at around 1 year of age, they develop a unique patterning of black spots and splodges. We use this patterning to differentiate between the individuals. In 2015 and 2016 we had all our adult frogs DNA profiled in order to produce a studbook and manage a European breeding programme here at Bristol Zoo Gardens.
You can find our Lemur leaf frogs in the AmphiPod, between Twilight World and the Reptile House
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