Asian Yellow-Spotted Climbing Toad

Asian Yellow-Spotted Climbing Toad Rentapia hosii

Type of Animal:

Tropical/subtropical forest, areas near streams, forests along large lowland rivers, clear forest streams, tropical rivers/streams

Extreme S Peninsular Thailand, Malaysia, Brunei, Borneo, Sumatra

Males solid gray/brown to reddish-brown w/ faint yellowish bands on legs, females larger & more brightly colored-typically green to teal to blue base color w/ yellow spots/yellow leg band, younger animals dark brown w/ yellow legs

Crickets, roaches, insect larvae, flies, caterpillars, moths, butterflies, worms

Status in Wild:

Breeding in aquariums, zoos, & herpetoculture. Captive breeding efforts reducing demand for wild individuals. Monitoring of exports/imports of this species.

Small groups of around 6 animals

Additional Info:

Young: Tadpole/Toadlet
Group: Knot
Male: 0.5 lb
Female: 1 lb

2 days 

Life Span:
5 years

Body Length:
Male: 3-4 in
Female: 5-5.5 in
Toadlet: 1 in

Also known as Asian Tree Toad, Boulenger’s Asian Tree Toad, Common Tree Toad, Tree Toad, House’s Tree Toad, Brown Tree Toad, & Malayan Brown Toad.
Shed skin as much as once a week.
Only stay as tadpoles for 1st 5 days of life, metamorphosing into toadlets taking to land-toadlets become mature at 8-10 months.
Males make loud honking calls.
Males sometimes dominate each other by mounting/climbing over each other.
Though stable, declining in wild due to pet trade, habitat loss/degradation, water pollution, chytrid fungus, & logging.
Active at night (nocturnal).
While lacking disc-shaped toepads of tree frogs, long muscular legs & toes come in handy for climbing.
Eggs typically laid in 2 parallel strings underwater around plants.
Sometimes kept as pets.
Breed during heavy rains.

Fun Fact(s):
One of the only arboreal toads.
Often called YSCT in herpetoculture.
Most animals in herpetoculture derive from Malaysia.
Asian Yellow-Spotted Climbing Toad, female, Peggy Notebeart Nature Museum, taken by me

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