Monday, August 11, 2008

Herp of the Day: Leptopelis

Some time ago my friend Amy acquired a neat treefrog from the Hamburg reptile show. I am sure that it is in the genus Leptopelis and I'm pretty sure it is Leptopelis vermiculatus, a species and genus commonly known as Big-eyed Treefrogs. This species is an import from Tanzania. It did well with Amy for a while until it spontaneously died, a common event with wild-caught herps. This is the brown morph of the species, it also occurs in a brilliant green and black morph seen below. This treefrog is not in the family Hylidae like our North American treefrogs, but is in the African reed frog family, Hyperoliidae, which contains many small brightly colored species such as this.

(All photos by Shawn Billerman except where noted)

Green morph (Source)


  1. What beautifully colored frogs.

  2. Indeed they are. I wish Amy's hadn't kicked the bucket so soon.

  3. Ok, so I know that this is probably not the correct post to ask you about this, but oh well. I want to purchase a set of Merrells. Now, I personally wanted some ankle support, but the mid height ones seem to go really high and limit your movement. Any suggestions?

  4. Assuming you're talking about hiking boots, I'm not familiar with that brand so I can't make any specific suggestions. I get what I guess are mid-height boots that come up above the ankle. I think the stability is really important for serious hiking. I also don't get new boots often enough to really figure out the different possibilities.