Scientific Name: scaphiophryne madagascariensis
Habitat: Montane forests, savannahs, and agricultural areas
Diet: Variety of invertebrates
Life Span: Unknown
Young: 300 – 500 eggs per clutch
Size: 4.1 – 5.6 cm
The Rain Frog is endemic to the central plateau of Madagascar. Its natural habitat includes subtropical or tropical moist montane forests, moist savanna, subtropical and tropical high-altitude grassland, freshwater marshes, and rural gardens.
The skin of the Rain Frog is mostly smooth with several large granules. They are typically green with large brown giraffe-like patches. The tips of their fingers and toes are slightly enlarged.
Rain Frogs are a fossorial species, meaning they are excellent diggers. They spend much of their time under the ground and have been known to dig burrows as deep as 40 – 50 cm.
A female Rain Frog will lay 300 to 500 small black eggs at a time, in a temporary or permanent pond where they will form a surface film on the water. They hatch in less than three days!
The rain frog is considered Near Threatened because it occurs naturally in a very tiny area, and much of this habitat is being turned into agricultural land.
For more information about the Rain Frog visit AmphibiaWeb, or visit the Edmonton Valley Zoo!