Solomon Island leaf frog

Latin Name
Ceratobatrachus guentheri

Class
Amphibians

Order
Anura

Description

As their name indicates, these small, frogs resemble leaves. Coloration varies from brown to gold to green.


 

Range

The Solomon Island leaf frog resides on its titular collection of land masses near Australia. They are also found in Papua New Guinea.


Status

The Solomon Island leaf frog is considered a species of least concern by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.


Habitat

This frog resides in tropical lowland forests and in regions of rural or urban areas that are conducive to its lifestyle.


Niche

Nocturnal animals, Solomon Island leaf frogs hunt insects under moonlight.


Life History

Unlike most frogs that experience a tadpole stage, Solomon Island leaf frogs hatch from eggs as fully developed (if small) frogs. Eggs are laid in shallow nests dug into the ground.


Special Adaptations

A loud call-almost like a dog's bark-helps Solomon Island leaf frogs mark territory and find mates.



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