Lemur leaf frogs Spot their unique patterns
Type amphibian
Size 3-4.5cm
Weight 4-9g
Diet carnivore
  • Summary
  • Dietary
  • Habitat
  • Conservation
  • Critically endangered and so tiny that one could easily fit on your fingertip. A slender amphibian, their large bulging eyes, with silvery white irises add to their fragile appearance.  

    These frogs have the remarkable ability to change colour depending on whether they are active or resting; greenish-yellow to blend in during the day, turning to a reddish-brown at night when they are most active.


  • Lemur leaf frogs are carnivores and eat insects, snails and other small invertebrates.

  • In the wild lemur leaf frogs live in South American tropical rainforests. Males call to females from plants positioned over water.

    species range map

  • The lemur leaf frog population has fallen by half over the last 15 years. This is due to habitat loss and the deadly chytrid fungus.  However, the future is looking brighter for this species thanks to the breeding programme at Bristol Zoo.

    Lemur leaf frogs are a EAZA European Studbook species (ESB), and the European breeding programme is coordinated here at Bristol Zoo.

    Watch Tim Skelton, our curator of reptiles & amphibians talk about the importance of the lemur leaf frog conservation programme.


    Click here to find out more about Project Lemur frog, an international collaboration we are involved in and which is aimed at conserving Critically Endangered Costa Rican Lemur leaf frogs

    Red List Status Critically Endangered

    Red List Status Critically Endangered

    IUCN Red List species link


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