On my article entitled “Freakiest and Weirdest Froggy Frog Frogs” I featured the most unusual looking frogs. On this particular article, bizarre but colorful, beautiful and unique frogs are the focused. Here’s a list of the most colorful, beautiful and bizarre species of frogs found from around the world.
Tomato Frog (Dyscophus antongili)
The beautiful Tomato Frog, also commonly known as Crapaud Rouge De Madagascar, is endemic to Madagascar. It is one of the most brightly colored frogs in the world. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests.
It can also be found living on rivers, swamps, freshwater marshes, intermittent freshwater marches, arable lands, plantations, rural gardens, urban areas, heavily degraded former forest, ponds, and canals and ditches. It is threatened by habitat loss.
Blue-legged Mantella (Mantella expectata)
The Blue-legged Mantella is undoubtedly a beauty to admire for its wonderful coloration. It’s a species native to Madagascar which is threatened by habitat loss.
Giant Leaf Frog (Phyllomedusa bicolor)
The Giant Leaf Frog is found throughout the Amazon Rainforest of Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and the Guianas. This species is now jeopardized by biopiracy because it produces a waxy secretion that may have medicinal uses against AIDS, cancer and other diseases. The poison contains dermophin and deltorphin which act on opioid receptors.
Mantidactylus phantasticus, a species endemic to Madagascar, is certainly unique with those thorn-like and warty things from all-over its body and legs. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical moist mountains, and rivers.
Amazon Milk Frog (Trachycephalus resinifictrix)
The Amazon Milk Frog, a species with a unique coloration among frogs, is commonly found in captivity. They are a species of moderate difficulty to care for, requiring a significant amount of space, humidity and regular cage maintenance to ensure a clean healthy environment. It is endemic to South America and also known from other common names such as Mission Golden-eyed Tree Frog and Blue Milk Frog. It reaches a size of up to 4 inches in length.
Golden Mantella (Mantella aurantiaca)
This brightly colored species from Madagscar is definitely a head-turner. GoldenMantella is a small frog that has an aqua/chartruse dorsal surface. The ventral surface is yellow in females, and a lighter yellow in the males.
This frog can grow up to 2.5 cm or 1 inch in length only. The tympanum is visible, but small. Their brightly colored skin warns their predators that they are very poisonous.
You can almost see the internal organs of the Mantidactylus argenteus, a species native to Madagascar. Like many Madagascan frogs, it is threatened by habitat loss.
Baron’s Mantella (Mantella baroni)
Mantella baroni is another eye-catcher due to its distinct color combinations. It is a species native to Madagascar and is likewise threatened by habitat loss. Other common names for this frog include Variegated Golden Frog and Madagascar Poison Frog.
Cowan’s Mantella (Mantella cowanii)
Another adorable beauty from Madagascar is the Cowan’s Mantella. Most frog species from Madagascar are threatened by habitat loss.
Beautiful Mantella (Mantella pulchra)
No description is needed for this species – its name Beautiful Mantella says it all. It’s another pretty frog from the Island country of Madagascar.
Another unique species from Madagascar is the Mantidactylus punctatus which is also threatened by habitat loss. Its entire body, arms and legs is spotted making it looks unique.
Black-eared Mantella (Mantella milotympanum)
The Black-eared Mantella is another species endemic to Madagascar. This frog is obviously colored red entirely except for the eyes and ears.
Painted Burrowing Frog (Scaphiophryne gottlebei)
The Painted Burrowing Frog or Malagasy Rainbow Frog was named in 2008 as “being among the rarest and most remarkable amphibians” on the planet. Thousands are captured every year for the pet trade.
Green Skeleton Frog (Boophis jaegeri)
The toy-like and unique-looking Green Skeleton Frog is another species endemic to Madagascar. Like many Madagascan frogs, it is threatened by habitat loss.
Boophis pyrrhus is another small but beautiful species native to Madagascar. Aside from its color, another notable feature of this frog is its puffing big eyes.
Dull-colored frogs like the Hyla femoralis can be beautiful too. It’s a species that can be found in the US.
The two colors of the Boophis andreonei’s eyes are its most prominent feature. It is from Madagascar.
Boophis anjanaharibeensis is another species from Madagascar with big eyes. This glass-like frog’s internal organs are visible.
Leptopelis parkeri, a species with stunning eyes, is native to Tanzania. Like many species of frogs, it is also threatened by habitat loss.
Malabar Flying Frog (Rhacophorus malabaricus)
The Malabar Flying Frog is from India. It does not actually fly but possess the ability to break its fall by stretching the webbing between its toes when making leaps down from the treetops. It can make gliding jumps of 9-12 meters, a maximum of about 115 times its length.
Like many moss frogs, they build foam nests above small pools of water, into which the tadpoles drop down after hatching.
Javan Gliding Frog (Rhacophorus reinwardtii)
The Javan Gliding Frog is from Java, Indonesia. With a fringe of skin stretching between the limbs, this flying frog can parachute to the forest floor from high up in the trees where it is normally found.
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