Big-eyed tree frog

species of amphibian

The big-eyed tree frog, Amani Forest tree frog, vermiculated tree frog (Leptopelis vermiculatus) is a frog from the Eastern Arc Mountains and a few other places in Tanzania. Scientists saw it on between 900 and 1800 meters above sea level.[1][2][3][4]

Big-eyed tree frog
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Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Anura
Clade: Leptopelis
L. vermiculatus
Binomial name
Leptopelis vermiculatus
(Boulenger, 1909)
  • Hylambates vermiculatus Boulenger, 1909
  • Leptopelis vermiculatus Barbour and Loveridge, 1928
  • Dryopsophus eucnemis Duellman, Marion, and Hedges, 2016
  • Leptopelis signifer Ahi, 1929[1]
This article is about the frog from Tanzania. For the frog from New Guinea, see Ranoidea exophthalmia.

The adult male frog is 3.9 to 5.0 cm long and the female is 6.1 to 8.5 cm long. It lives in forests. It likes to sit on tree limbs hanging over the water.[2]

All young frogs and some adult males are bright green with a black pattern. Adult females and many adult males are gold-brown in color, with patterns on their backs and dark marks behind their eyes.[2] This frog has discs at the ends of its toes.[4] These discs help it climb.

This frog is endangered because humans like to cut down its forests to build farms. These are mostly small farms, not large corporate farms. In many of the places where this frog lives, there are no laws against doing this.[4]

A brown big-eyed tree frog.


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Leptopelis vermiculatus (Boulenger, 1909)". American Museum of Natural History. Retrieved September 2, 2020.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Arie van der Meijden (October 9, 2000). "Leptopelis vermiculatus". Retrieved September 2, 2020. Unknown parameter |displayauthors= ignored (help)
  3. IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group. "Amani Forest Treefrog: Leptopelis vermiculatus". The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. p. e.T56284A3037319. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2014-1.RLTS.T56284A3037319.en. Retrieved September 1, 2020.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Big Eyed Tree Frog". National Geographic. September 2, 2020.