15 Uniquely and Brightly Colored Frogs and Their Unusual Traits

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All the frogs on the list look unreal. Instead, they are like glossy plastic toys. I would like to consider some of these leaping creatures as pets. How about you? To decide, scroll down and see more.

1. Heterixalus rutenbergi

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Striped animals are always a beauty to behold like the Heterixalus rutenbergi, a species of frog native to the oldest island in the world – Madagascar. It’s a sad thing that this guy that inhabits tropical and subtropical high-altitude grasslands, swamps and others is threatened by habitat loss.

I think people should be moving by now to the planet Mars to save this fellow and many other species from extinction. I am just kidding of course.

2. Carrikeri Harlequin Frog (Atelopus carrikeri)

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Typically, Carrikeri Harlequin Frogs are black, only a few individuals have orange coloration. This creature which is approximately 2 inches long is critically endangered due to a fungus and destruction of habitat.

  • It is native to Colombia and it is known to survive in snow-covered areas.
  • It was rediscovered in 2008 after an absence of 14 years.

3. Boophis occidentalis

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This little fellow is very cute. I like its glossy and bright coloration and I’d like to have one for a pet. The Boophis occidentalis is native to Madagascar and inhabits tropical and subtropical dry forests. It is another species threatened by habitat destruction.

Let me know where can I purchase this guy and I will buy a new tank right away. Make two reservations for me, my sister Arlene also want to have one.

4. Albino Pacman Frog (Ceratophrys ornata)

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Brighten up your day with this lovely-looking guy. It is an albino type of the frog known as South American Horned Frogs. It was nicknamed ‘Pacman’ because of its similarity to the video character with a large mouth called Pac-man.

  • As a pet, it can live up to 10 years or more.
  • It is a voracious eater eating everything that moves near it.
  • The female species don’t croak or chirp, only the male does.
  • This frog has a row of sharp teeth on its upper jaw that makes it nearly impossible for it to release a prey after taking it on its mouth, in some cases leading to death by choking.

5. Golden Toad (Bufo periglenes)

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Animals with golden color are always adorable like the Golden Toad. For me it symbolizes wealth and power. Sad to say, this small, shiny, bright guy hadn’t been spotted since 1989 and is already considered extinct. It is endemic to Monteverde in Costa Rica; hence, it is also called Monteverde Golden Toad.

  • Its sudden extinction is attributed to a fungal epidemic specific to amphibians.
  • Amazingly, about 133 Golden Toads can mate simultaneously in one “kitchen sink-sized pool”.
  • The Golden Toad had a lifespan of 12 years.

6. Big-eyed Tree Frog (Leptopelis vermiculatus)

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The Big-eyed Tree Frog is a unique frog that inhabits the forest of Tanzania. It is also commonly called Peacock Tree Frog and in some literature it is known as the Amani Forest Tree Frog. Males, which are very territorial, have two distinct calls; one for attracting females and another for deterring other males of the same species.

  • The eyes of Big-eyed Tree Frog are very big compared to the body size.
  • This unique species has two very different color phases. In one phase they are a bright green with scattered black specks all over the dorsal surface and the sides are marble with black and white. In the other phase they are brown with an irregular shaped, darker brown triangular patch on the dorsum.

7. Black-eared Mantilla (Mantella milotympanum)

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I would like to have a red sport car that is as brightly red like the Black-Eared Mantella. It is native to Madagascar that inhabits forests and swamps. This is another Malagasy frog species that is threatened by destruction of habitat.

8. European Green Toad (Bufo viridis or Pseudepidalea virdis)

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Colorful toad is very rare and one of the few is the European Green Toad. This uniquely colored toad can be found in Europe, Asia and North America.

What’s so different with this toad? This toad change color in response to heat and light changes. It also has glands behind its neck that secrete a toxin when threatened. It can grow up to 6 inches in length.

9. Panamanian Golden Frog (Atelopus zeteki)

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The colorful Panamanian Golden Frog, a critically endangered toad, is native to Panama. It is a unique frog because it communicates by croaking and by hand waving. It had been proven by amphibian experts, by using a fake frog, that hand waving appears to be used for a variety of social situations, from friendly waves to signals to back off. The fake frog used after repeated hand waving was attacked by the authentic frog.

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  • Panamanian Golden Frog use a form of communication called semaphore (hand waving at rivals and prospective mates).
  • It is thought that when the frog dies it turns to gold.
  • It is also believed that the frog brings good luck to those fortunate enough to see it.
  • Despite being called frog, being smooth-skinned and frog-like in appearance, this leaping creature is classified as a ‘true toad’.

10. Golfodulcean Poison Frog (Phyllobates vittatus)

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This colorful species called the Golfodulcean Poison Frog is native to South America particularly in Costa Rica where it lives on forests and rivers. Just like many frog species endemic to South America, it is threatened the destruction of its natural habitat.

11. Marañon Poison Frog (Dendrobates mysteriosus)

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“Looks are deceiving”, says the common saying. The Marañón Poison Frog is beautiful for its bright orange coloration and unique polka dots but beware – it’s toxic and it can kill. This poisonous frog is native to Peru and can be found on tropical and subtropical forests. It is threatened by habitat loss. It is also commonly called Rana Venenosa.

12. Platypelis tsaratananaensis

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This gelatin-like frog which is scientifically named Platypelis tsaratananaensis is a species of frog native to Madagascar, located south of Africa. As with all other frog species on this unique island, it is threatened by habitat loss. This small fellow is simply amazing for its unique and rare coloration.

13. Platypelis tuberifera

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The Platypelis tuberifera is not as brightly colored compare to other frogs on the list. So why did I include it on the list? I find its light color unique and different from others. This species of frog is native to Madagascar and lives on tropical and subtropical forests. Like all other Madagascar amphibians, it is threatened by habitat loss.

14. Red-back Toadlet (Pseudophryne coriacea)

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The Red-backed Toadlet is endemic to Australia. This ground frog can be found from Sydney to Queensland. The male of this species stays with the eggs in the nest site and may mate with more than one female.

15. Phantasmal Poison Frog (Epipedobates tricolor)

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Striped animals are simply beautiful. The Phantasmal Poison Frog is a small but terrible species that lives in Ecuador. It has radiant color and has one of the most powerful poisons of frogs.

  • In captivity, it can live up to 10 years.
  • It has one of the strongest toxins among frogs.
  • Its toxicity is known to be deadly.
  • A painkiller 200-times as potent as morphine, called epibatidine, is extracted from its skin.

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