Thursday, August 30, 2007
Vietnamese Mossy Frog
Vietnamese Mossy Frog (Theloderma Corticale) is species in Rhacophoridae family. This frog can be found in Vietnam and also, in China. Especially on the Mao Son and Tam Dao mountain ranges of northern Vietnam.
Natural habitats of this frog are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest, subtropical or tropical moist montanes, intermittent freshwater marches, and rocky areas. But, mostly in rocky cliffs and rocky cavites, he is a fan of it.It has also been observed breeding in tree holes by larval development. Theloderma corticale is classified as data deficient, meaning more data is needed on the species for categorization, by the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, the world's most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of plant and animal species maintained by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. Theloderma corticale's population trend was unknown at last assessment.
It is known from two sources, one only reported in the 1930's and the other recently discovered. It has not been recorded at the type locality since it was first collected. It is cryptic and localised, but large series of specimens have been observed/collected at Tam Dao (Orlov, 1997), suggesting that the species may be locally common.
Forest damage in Tam Dao continues to be significant (Birdlife, 2001). Clear cutting at Mao Son has reduced the available habitat to this species. This is one of the few regional frog species for which there is a specific demand in the global pet trade.
Skin of Vietnamese Frog looks like a bunch of moss.Because, the skin's color and texture are amazing. Their skin is colored in various shades of green with black and purple spots and stains. They are covered with numerous tubercles and spines thus providing them with a perfect camouflage.
They actively feed, at night on large insects such as crickets and cockroaches. This is a semi-aquatic species spending much of the time hiding in the water under rocks and floating plants. They will also attach themselves to the crevice on a rock, just above the water appearing to be moss. Their eggs are deposited above the water to protect them from aquatic predators. The eggs hatch in 7 to 14 days with the newly hatched tadpoles dropping from their egg into the water directly below them. Metamorphous from tadpole to frog takes about 3 months.
Many people like to have this frog as a pet. It is a really pretty, indeed. The price of this beautiful frog is about $45-$75 (each).