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Horned Marsupial Frog

(Gastrotheca cornuta)


Category: Amphibians



The horned marsupial frog is an arboreal species native to the tropical moist lowland forests and montane cloud forests of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panama. Their upper eyelid has a triangular peak, giving them a quizzical, alert appearance. This species lays the largest known eggs of any amphibian! Females brood their eggs in a pouch on their lower back until they emerge as fully developed froglets.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Anura
Family - Hemiphractidae
Genus - Gastrotheca
Species - G. cornuta

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Interesting Animal Facts

An Ample Amphibian

Before reptiles and mammals appeared to challenge amphibian supremacy on the land, amphibians were much larger. But while they have shrunk in size over the last 315 million years, the Chinese Giant Salamander never got the memo: at up to 5.9 feet in length and 66lbs, this amphibian is longer than your dog, and probably weighs at least as much! Compare that to Paedophryne amanuensis, the world’s smallest frog (and smallest vertebrate) who is the size of a house fly! Due to habitat loss, environmental changes, and over-hunting/collecting, the Chinese giant Salamander is critically endangered, though conservation efforts to save it are underway today.

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