Defining Characteristics: 

  • Great Beginner Frog
  • Bright green with black flecking
  • Somewhat Shy
  • 1”-1.5”
  • Low Short Trill
  • Good in Groups

Name: Agalychnis lemur commonly known as the Lemur Leaf Frog was previously in the genuses Phyllomedusa and hylomantis but has been moved to Agalychnis in 2010. Lemur is likely from the Latin for evil spirits of the dead. 


Recommended Enclosure Size: We recommend that Lemur Tree frogs be kept in an enclosure as small as a 10 gal with only one individual but most frogs appreciate more space such as an 18x18x18 front opening tank. Adult Lemur tree frogs can be kept on Biodedding covered in a layer of damp sphagnum moss and leaves. Springtails and isopods can be added to this ensemble to make it a bioactive vivarium. Lemur Tree frogs seem to really appreciate plants such as spathiphyllum and other long leaved plants. 


Temperature: Ideally Lemur Tree Frogs should be kept in the 70s. Temperature monitory can be acheived with a thermometer/combometer.


Humidity: They thrive best within the 50-70% humidity range. Humidity monitory can be acheived with a Hygrometer/combometer.


Size: At the time of sale Lemur Tree frogs will be at least 3/4" long. Adults can reach between 1-1.5" for males and 1.5-2" for females. 


Age: Lemur Tree Frogs will be at least a month out of the water at the time they are purchased. 


Feeding: Lemur tree frogs can eat 1/4" crickets right out of the water and will continue to do so throughout their life. A large female may be able to take 1/2" but in a tank with males as well this is not advised as a cricket size most of the time. Crickets should be gutloaded and dusted with a vitamin or calcium supplement.


Sexing: For this species the main difference between sexes won't be apparent until they reach sexual maturity and the size differences become apparent. Females will also be much more rotund than males who very frequently look skinny. When introduced to a rain chamber males will call and amplex females.


Color/Pattern: Lemur Tree Frogs are a light green color with black flecking over the back with yellow toes and flanks. Their underbelly is a uniform white color. Eyes are white with a black vertical pupil ringed with a starkly contrasting black.


Social Behavior: These frogs can be housed in fairly large groups with males usually leaving females alone unless outside breeding triggers are introduced into the environment. 


Breeding: Like other frogs in Agalychnis the Lemur Tree Frogs can be fairly easily bred when introduced to a rain chamber. 


Natural Range: This species occurs in Costa Rica and Panama, and marginally in Colombia. It occurs predominantly on the Atlantic versant from the vicinity of Tilarán, Guanacaste Province, Costa Rica, to western Panama; the disjunct Pacific slope records are from north-western Costa Rica and south-western, central, and extreme eastern Panama in the Darien area, where it extends marginally across the border into Colombia. In Costa Rica the species is now only known with certainty from three sites: Fila Asunción, 15km south-west of Limón (an abandoned farm); in a forested area near Parque Nacional Barbilla near Siquirres (where one female has been found); and from Guayacán (in Limón Province). The first of these three sites is the only site known to have a large breeding population. All other previously known Costa Rican populations of this species have disappeared including those in Monteverde, San Ramón, Braulio Carrillo, and Tapantí. Its altitudinal range is 440-1,600m asl.

Lemur Tree Frog