Smoky Jungle Frog

Smoky Jungle Frog (Leptodactylus pentadactylus)

This extremely large species is mostly nocturnal. They spend their days hidden among leaf litter only coming out at night to feed.

Food: They will eat insects, rodents, snakes and other species of frogs.

Range: Southern Central America and Northern South America

Habitat: Semi aquatic,  mostly hunts on land.

Breeding: This species will deposit their eggs in floating foam nests in shallow water. These frogs lay approximately 1,000 eggs the foam nest is created by the male’s hind limbs that mix eggs, water, air and secretions. These nests are made in small areas out of any main current of a river or stream.

A large male smoky jungle frog

A large smokey jungle frog

Note the swollen front legs on this specimen. This is common in a breeding male of this species.

Smokey Jungle Frog

The Smokey jungle frog is a very large species. It is commonly caught and eaten because of it’s huge legs. It has also been called “the chicken of the jungle”.

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