The Malaysian horned leaf frog (Megophrys nasuta) is a common amphibian found from southern Thailand to Singapore, across all of Borneo, and on several smaller islands. Accurately named, this frog is expertly camouflaged to resemble the leaf litter of forest floors, where it spends much of its time as an ambush hunter, waiting for prey to cross its path. Long projections over each eye aid in the camouflage effect and give the appearance of horns.
Although common in the wild and in the pet trade, little is actually known about the Malaysian horned leaf frog’s status in the wild. It is still commonly found over a wide area, and thus the population is still presumed to be large. However, deforestation is a significant problem over much of its range, as on the island of Borneo. Continued habitat loss and collection for the pet trade may pose challenges for wild populations of frogs in the future.
an animal able to live both on land and in water.
tactic that organisms use to disguise their appearance, usually to blend in with their surroundings.
destruction or removal of forests and their undergrowth.
animal that is hunted and eaten by other animals.