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Mountain Chicken Frog

Classification
  • Order: Anura
  • Family: Loptodactylidae
  • Genus: Leptodactylus
  • Species: leptodactylus fallax
Fun Fact

The mountain chicken frog is one of the largest frogs in the world. Adults can grow to 8 inches long and weigh as much as 2 pounds.

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About Mountain Chicken Frogs

The mountain chicken frog was commonly hunted for food, it got its name because the islanders said it tasted like chicken. It was once abundant among six of the Caribbean islands, however, its population has decreased dramatically. One reason for the decline is due to the fungal disease chytridiomycosis, for which there is no effective treatment. This species of frog can only be found on two islands, Dominica and Montserrat where it is now illegal to hunt them.

The mountain chicken frog is nocturnal. It hides in burrows, under logs or in leaf litter and hunts for food at dusk.

Mountain Chicken Frogs in the Wild

Habitat

The species lives in dense vegetation, ravines, and flooded forests. They prefer low elevations, from sea level to 400 meters above sea level.

Location

Dominica and Montserrat

Diet

The mountain chicken frog, or giant ditch frog as it is commonly called, is an opportunistic feeder with a huge appetite. They will consume almost anything they can swallow whole, including crickets, millipedes, insects and crustaceans.

Population Status

The mountain chicken frog population has declined by 80% in the past ten years and is “critically endangered.” The decline is due to habitat loss, human consumption, as well as a fungal disease that is killing amphibian populations worldwide.

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