The Panamanian golden frog, also known as the Panamanian golden toad, is bright yellow-orange in color with black splotches. Like other toads and frogs, the Panamanian golden frog has toxic skin secretions, which are used to protect it from predation.
This terrestrial frog can only be found in moist, humid forested areas, especially those near streams, in Panama.
The Panamanian golden frog is an insectivore, eating a variety of insects.
These frogs have a strong mating instinct and pairs can locate one another through vocalizations. The males can engage the females in amplexus for up to two weeks.
Did you know?
The Panamanian golden frog is the cultural symbol of the Republic of Panama just as the bald eagle is that of the United States.
The Panamanian golden frog is listed as CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) Appendix I. This means it is a species threatened with extinction in the wild. In response, many AZA accredited facilities, including Moody Gardens, participate in Project Golden Frog, a proactive conservation program where various zoos, universities, and government agencies are working together to help save the Panamanian golden frog from extinction. Through field studies, captive breeding, financial support, and education, this program hopes to ensure the survival of this cultural symbol.