Panamanian Golden Frog
Range & Habitat
In the Wild: Lives in two types of habitats - Wet forest streams and dry forest streams along the slopes of the Cordilleran Mountains of Panama and western-central Panama, from 1,100-4,300 feet above sea level. A fast-flowing stream suits them best.
At the Zoo: USS Antiquities cave
Conservation Status: Critically Endangered
Critically Endangered due to habitat loss, illegal collection for the pet trade, and a fungal outbreak that is destroying many amphibians in Central America and around the world. The species is now believed to be extinct in the wild. However, it is found in managed-care facilities throughout North America working together to save this species
In the Wild: insects, invertebrates
At the Zoo: pinhead crickets, wingless fruit flies, algae
Fun Facts about the Panamanian Golden Frog
- The Panamanian golden frog’s skin is toxic in the wild due to the food it eats. The skin of a single frog contains enough toxins to kill 1,200 mice. Its vibrant yellow color warns potential predators of its toxicity.
- These frogs are considered good luck in Panama and are the country’s national animal.
- Males of this species make loud calls, which is an interesting behavior since they don’t have eardrums! They communicate by using a form of sign language. They “wave” their hand or raise and move their feet to defend territory, to try to attract a mate or to even greet one another.
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