In order to raise the awareness of the already endangered species of the Mountain Chicken Frog, the zoological parks and groups across the world has commemorated the day of September 13 to the Mountain Chicken Frog Day. Noting to which, the zoological parks and groups across the world has joined each other in order to raise awareness about the endangered species of Mountain Chicken Frog.
Leptodactylus fallax, commonly known as the mountain chicken frog, is critically endangered species of frog that is native to the Caribbean island of Dominica and Montserrat. The population declined by around 80% from 1995 to 2004, with further significant declines later.
It is to be noted that, a tiny wild population remains on Dominica where there are continuous efforts to preserve it. The decline at the initial stage was linked to hunting for the human consumption, along with habitat loss and natural disasters, but the most serious threat now appears to be the fungal disease, which is considered as one of the main cause of the most recent rapid decline.
Moreover, in the island nation of Dominica, it is called as the crapaud. Considerably, the mountain chicken frog is one of the most world’s largest frogs and can weigh over 900 grams with females reaching lengths of more than 20 cm.
At the same time, this frog is also one of the most endangered and this critically endangered species of frog could now only found in the island nation of Dominica and Montserrat.
It is also believed that over thousands of the mountain frogs used to live on each of the islands. In 2004, it was estimated that the overall population has fallen below 8,000 individuals, but by 2017-2019, there were less than 200 individuals on Dominica and few or none surviving in the wild on Monsterrat.