Helens Flying Frog
The scientific name of this beautiful frog is Rhacophorus helenae. This frog was discovered in 2009 by Amphibian biologist Jodi Rowley when she was on an expedition in Vietnam when she found a Helens Flying Frog on the ground! This frog grows up to 10cm in length.
Habitat & Locomotion
The Helens Flying Frog has only been seen in two patches of rainforest in Southern Vietnam. The two locations are 30km apart by farming land. This frog doesn't live below 85 meters in altitude and doesn't exceed 158m in altitude. They probably spend most of their time in the rainforest canopy. The Helens Flying Frog uses its webbed feet to glide down to ponds to breed and they possibly can glide tree to tree. They are usually only found on the ground when it is mating season.
The Helens Flying Frog is classed as endangered because of continuous habitat destruction, degradation and fragmentation. This species may be collected out of the wild for the pet trade in the future as it is very big in Vietnam. Only five of these frogs have ever been seen in the wild and their population is unknown but they are declining in both locations.
Jodi Rowley/Australian Museum