The Clown frog is easy to find in the Amazon Basin and is a popular delight to see in vivariums all over the world. It is known for its strange laughter-like call and a comic appearance of dark brown skin with creamy or yellow markings, which lend themselves to its name.
Features of the Clown Frog
These tree frogs, given the binomial name of Dendropsophus leucophyllatus are natives of South America’s rain forests, especially found in Suriname, Guyana, Colombia, and Brazil. These hearty amphibians gain a maximum snout-to-vent length of 4cm and exhibit a change in pattern of skin appearance when they pass through different morph phases. At one point it was recognized as a different species altogether due to its giraffe morph phase.
Clown frogs prefer to live in floating meadows, the small forest pools in the still waters of a river that temporarily exist, covered with floating plants. They breed on the leaves, which are just above water, often laying the eggs there. Upon hatching, the tadpoles fall into the water where they spend the rest of their metamorphosing period of about 2 to 5 months.
These tree frogs have a peculiar, croaky calling and particularly fill the surroundings with their vocalizations if the barometric pressure decreases, sometimes signalling an approaching storm. Learn how to take care of this clown with the following fascinating facts.