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Panamanian Golden Frog

Panamanian golden frog is a true toad belonging to the family Bufonidae, endemic to Panama. The species use a unique sign language method which takes the form of hand-waving and foot-raising known as semaphoring to communicate with each other. Males are extremely territorial. The species possess highly toxic compounds in their skin which it uses to deter predators. Females are larger than males.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Anura
    Family Bufonidae
    Genus Atelopus
    Scientific Name Atelopus zeteki

    Other Names Zetek’s golden frog
    Size Male: 1.4 and 1.9 in

    Female: 1.8 to 2.5 in

    Weight Male: 3 to 12 g
    Female: 4 to 15 g
    Color Light yellow-green to bright gold with some individuals having black spots on the backs and legs
    Distribution Panama
    Habitat Near to mountain streams
    Diet Ants, flies, beetles, caterpillars, wasps, springtails, spiders
    Predators Birds, snakes, fish
    Breeding Season Between November and January
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Clutch Size Around 370 eggs
    Incubation Period 6 to 9 days
    Metamorphosis Period 6 to 7 months
    Average Lifespan Up to 9 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on May 11th 2017 by under Frogs. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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