Common Marsupial Frog

This frog is one of several marsupial frogs; the eggs develop in the mother’s pouch, enabling her to be out of the water as needed. When the tadpoles hatch, she moves to the water to let them swim away.

  • Scientific Name: Gastrotheca marsupiata
  • Range: Found in cloud forest and mountain forest in the Andes mountains, central Peru and southern Bolivia
  • Status in the Wild: Not Threatened
  • Location in the Zoo: Reptile and Amphibian Building
  • Cool Animal Fact: Some species of marsupial frogs keep their tadpoles in their pouches until they develop into froglets, and some carry them in pouches on their backs.