Meet the cutest clump of “moss” you ever did see: the Vietnamese mossy frog! In spring, the Reptile Discovery Center team celebrated the arrival of 50 hatchlings. Learn what it takes to set the mood for mossy frog mating from assistant curator Matt Evans.
What do you enjoy most about working with mossy frogs?
Asian amphibians are less common in North American zoos than their New World counterparts, such as lemur leaf frogs and poison dart frogs. Visitors aren’t as familiar with Vietnamese mossy frogs, so that alone gives them a certain “wow” factor for our guests. As someone who works with them daily, what stands out for me is how different this species is from the other frogs in our collection.
For example, lots of frogs have cool adaptations, but I’ve never seen a frog whose eyes blends into its skin the way a mossy frog’s do. They are truly masters of camouflage! Looking at them from a distance, it’s very difficult to distinguish them from a clump of moss. It’s absolutely awe-inspiring.
And, their defense mechanism is very unique. When they are nervous or frightened, they will curl up into a ball and plop into the water below to escape from harm’s way.