Fringed leaf frog (Cruziohyla craspedopus)

This species occurs in the Amazonian lowlands in Colombia, Ecuador and Peru. A high canopy species of primary tropical lowland rainforest, descending to low branches to breed. This is a fairly large hylid reaching up to 80mm in males and 87mm in females, the colouration is outstanding, ranging from green through to blue and even purple, which is mottled with pale blue patches. 

photo credits: John Clare , Jean-Francois Brousseau ,

familiarscompany  asked:

What kind of frogs do you think are the weirdest/coolest frogs?

Oh, this might need a really long answer as there are such a lot of cool and weird frogs!

Personally, I have a weakness for animals that look chubby and grumpy, so I love Rain frogs (Breviceps sp.)…




…and Horned frogs (Ceratophrys sp.)


…they have also a great colour variance:


Glass frogs (Centrolenidae) are translucent…

…and a lot of them have absolutely amazing eyes:

Mossy frogs (Theloderma corticale) live reallly up to their name…

…as does the Malayan leaf frog (Megophrys nasuta)…

…the Pinocchio frog (Litoria sp. nov.)…

…and the Fringe leaf frog (Cruziohyla craspedopus)…

so Hemiphractus fasciatus (a kind of Horned tree frog) might as well get the name Pyramid head frog :-)

Marsupial frogs (Gastrotheca and Flectonotus) can look quite bizarre when the egg poaches on their backs are occupied…

…whereas Surinam toads (Pipa) look kind of weird whether or not they have eggs and tadpoles implanted:


The Turtle frog (Myobatrachus gouldii) looks like a turtle that lost its shell :-)

I think I’ll have to stop for now (I could go on for quite a while: Colourful frogs! Poisonous frogs! Shovel-nosed frogs! Striped frogs! Aquatic frogs! Burrowing frogs! Tiny frogs! Giant frogs! Frogs frogs frogs frogs frogs!).

Don’t forget to take a look at the last post about the most bad-ass of all frogs: the Hairy or Horror frog (Trichobatrachus robustus), also known as the Wolverine of the amphibian world :-)