Gordon's Bug-eyed Frog

(Theloderma gordoni)


Gordon's Bug-eyed Frog IUCN LEAST CONCERN (LC)


Facts about this animal

It reaches 4,5-5 cm in body-length. The skin on the back is very granulated. The granules can greatly vary by size. The basic color of the frog is a mixture of tawny, yellow, brown and dark-red. The granules, especially in the area of the tympanum, are bright-orange. The belly is grey, covered with brown spots.


It leads a secret life preying on small insects. It breeds mainly in the hollows of trees. The eggs are laid in portions of 2-5 eggs each. The development taken on the average 12 days and metamorphosis of the tadpoles occurs after 3-5 months. The young frogs are then 21-22 mm in size.

Did you know?
that just a little more than 40 specimens of T. gordoni were caught since the species was first described?


Name (Scientific) Theloderma gordoni
Name (English) Gordon's Bug-eyed Frog
Name (German) Gordons Warziger Ruderfrosch
Name (Spanish) Theloderma gordoni
CITES Status Not listed



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Mikhail F. Bagaturov



Range Thailand, Vietnam
Habitat This species was discovered in Thailand (Chiang Mai province) at the height of 1300 meters above the sea level. In Vietnam T. gordoni inhabits mountain forest of Gia Lai, Kon TUm, Lao Cai, Lai Chau, Vihn Phu, Cao Bang and Lang Son (900-1000 m a.s.l.), where it prefers to live and breed in small caverns of karst regions or hollows of trees.
Wild population In the natural habitats the species is considered to exist only in few numbers and is only rarely found by researchers.

In the Zoo

Gordon's Bug-eyed 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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Photo Copyright by
Mikhail F. Bagaturov

Why do zoos keep this animal

Deforestation is the main danger for this species now, because Vietnam and other countries have very fast economic development and destroy primary rainforest.