Warty tree frog

(Theloderma asperum)


Warty tree frog IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

It reaches about 37 mm in body size. The background color is dark brown, sometimes mixed with black. The sides are dirty-white, or slightly yellow. The coloration can vary from specimen to specimen. Yong frogs clearly differ from adults by their brightness of coloration, with much whiter color with dark-brown and grey spots.


Like Gordon’s Bug-eyed frog (T. gordoni) this species inhabits tree hollows, where one can find one adult male, plus several females and a number of immature young specimens. Clutches consist of 5-6 eggs which are deposited on the ground. Incubation time is 8-10 days, metamorphoses occurs after 56-70 days. The size of froglets is 10-12 mm.

Did you know?
that young specimens of this species look like bird dropping and are thus perfectly camouflaged?


Name (Scientific) Theloderma asperum
Name (English) Warty tree frog
Name (Spanish) Theloderma asperum
CITES Status Not listed



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Thomas Ziegler



Range Cambodia, India (Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland), Malaysia, Myanmar, China (Xizang), Thailand, Laos, central and northern Vietnam and Indonesia (Sumatra).
Habitat In nature this species inhabits primary forests, growing in karst zones in an altitude of 400 to-1400 m asl.
Wild population This species is seldom seen in nature. During all the time of research, only about 30 specimens were found.
Zoo population Non reported to ISIS (2007)

In the Zoo

Warty tree frog


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Thomas Ziegler

Why do zoos keep this animal

Deforestation is the main threat for this species now, because Vietnam and other countries have a very fast economic development which goes together with the destruction of primary rainforest.