Taipei Frog

(Rana taipehensis)




Facts about this animal

The Taipei frog is a typical representative of the Rana genus. It is one of the smaller species with adult females growing to around 4 cm long, and males just 2-3 cm. It is also called two-striped grassfrog as it has a golden stripe running on each flank from behind the eye to the rear end of the body. The colour of the dorsal surface ranges from green to brown.

Taipei frogs breed in rice paddies, damp marshes as well as ponds with extensive vegetation during spring and summer. Adults are alert, usually hiding in vegetation. When frightened, they leap into water or vegetation.

Did you know?
that frogs become locally extinct very quickly if their water is polluted with toxic substances? This is due to the fact that the frogs' skin absorbs elements in their environment very easily.


Name (Scientific) Rana taipehensis
Name (English) Taipei Frog
Name (French) Grenouille de Taipei
Name (German) Taipei-Grasfrosch
Name (Spanish) Rana de Taipei
CITES Status Not listed
CMS Status Not listed



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Bikramadittya Guha Roy



Range Bangladesh; Cambodia; China; Hong Kong; Lao People's Democratic Republic; Myanmar; Taiwan, Province of China; Thailand; Viet Nam
Habitat Open, grassy wetland areas, rice paddies, river floodplains and forest ponds and swampy areas in deciduous forest
Wild population Unknown but it is generally recorded as common
Zoo population None reported to ISIS (2005)

In the Zoo

Taipei Frog


How this animal should be transported

For air transport, Container Note 45 of the IATA Live Animals Regulations should be followed.


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Bikramadittya Guha Roy

Why do zoos keep this animal

The Taipei Frog, once a common species found throughout the lowland wetlands of Taiwan, is now threatened by habitat loss and pollution from insecticides. Taipei Zoo links the ex situ keeping of the species, which serves educational purposes, with in situ conservation action by conducting population monitoring in San-Chi and Yang-Mei, where a couple of frog populations survive. Since habitat restoration is an important part of the frog recovery program, Taipei Zoo joins efforts with others to convince local lotus farmers to switch to organic farming and refrain from using pesticides. The frogs and their habitats are thus protected.