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Mountain Chicken Frog

Mountain chicken frog is a species of frog found in the Caribbean islands of Dominica and Montserrat. It is one of the world’s largest frogs. The species is terrestrial and nocturnal. Unlike most other amphibians which breed in water, this species breeds in underground burrows.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Anura
    Family Leptodactylidae
    Genus Leptodactylus
    Scientific Name Leptodactylus fallax

    Other Names Giant ditch frog
    Size Up to 22 cm (8.7 in)
    Weight Up to 2 lb
    Color Upper surface varies from uniform chest-nut brown to spotted or marked with bands; sides are more orange-yellow  with pale-yellow under parts; broad banding on the upper legs with a black line running from the snout to the angle of the mouth
    Distribution Dominica and Montserrat islands in the Caribbean
    Habitat Dense secondary forest, scrub, hillside plantations, palm groves in river valleys, flooded forest, ravines, near streams and springs
    Diet Crickets, millipedes, insects, crustaceans, other frogs
    Breeding Season April to August/September
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 25000 eggs
    Reproductive Age Around 3 years of age
    Average Lifespan Around 12 years
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on March 28th 2017 by under Frogs. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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