Long-Nosed Horned Frog, Megophrys nasuta

The long-nosed horned frog is also known as the Malayan horned frog or the Malayan leaf frog. The habitat of this species is in rain forest areas, where it is cool and damp, ranging from southern Thailand, Peninsular Malaysia to Singapore, Sumatra and Borneo.

The body length of the long-nosed horned frog is around four inches. It is light to dark brown in color with camouflaged markings to blend in with the forest floor. The throat is dark in color spreading to a cream color halfway on the ventral surface. The eyelids and snout are long and triangular, resembling horns. There are scattered warts or tubercles on the upper part of the body. The arms and legs have cream and brown shaded patterns. The fingers have no webbing and the toes are slightly webbed.

The main diet of this species is spiders, small rodents, lizards, and other smaller frogs. It will lie still until the unsuspecting prey is close enough for the long-nosed horned frog to lunge at it.

The call of the long-nosed horned frog is a loud honk or henk. The female will lay a clutch of egg capsules that attach to the underside of partially or fully submerged rocks or logs. The larvae will hatch in one week and will begin to feed on surface algae within 15 to 20 days.

This species is listed as least concern on the IUCN list.

Kingdom:       Animalia
Phylum:       Chordata
Subphylum:   Vertebrata
Class:       Amphibia
Order:       Anura
Family:       Megophryidae

Image Caption: Long-nosed horned frog, Megophrys nasuta. Credit: Olei/Wikipedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)