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The Splendid Leaf Frog

Scientific name: Cruziohyla calcarifer

Distribution: Honduras to Ecuador

Habitats: Primary rainforest

Similar species:  Fringed Leaf Frog – Cruziohyla craspedopus

Description: This stunningly beautiful large leaf frog can reach a length of 11cm and has black and orange flanks along the body and brilliant yellow eyes. It has a small flap of skin on its heel, a ‘calcar’ from which it gets its Latin name. 

Habits and ecology: In the wild, this frog can only be found in untouched primary rainforest, where it spends much of its time in the tree canopy. Males are known to use their back legs to signal to each other and when breeding the males give a soft call to attract females.


The females lay their eggs on vines, roots over water in tree holes and water-filled hollows of fallen trees. The tadpoles are black and large. The young are grey when they first leave the water (pictured) and change green as they grow.



Conservation: The Splendid Leaf Frog is a rare species that is extremely difficult to observe in the wild. This species was bred in captivity for the first time in the world at the Manchester Museum and has been distributed to zoos in an effort to help in its conservation. It is no longer considered to be threatened with extinction for the foreseeable future:

Manchester frogs to the USA

leg-waving behaviour

Splendid Leaf Frog in the wild

Finding eggs of the closely related Fringed Leaf Frog


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  1. This is the best place ever lol

  2. I like the planets better than the frogs

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