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Puerto Rican Crested Toad

Peltophryne lemur

Did you know?

  • Puerto Rican crested toads are part of the Bufonidae family, which they share with other "true toads."
  • They were the first amphibian to have a Species Survival Plan.
  • They are nocturnal.
  • They grow from eggs to toadlets in 18 days!
  • They like to eat snails and beetles.

Unique Toad

This native of Puerto Rico is a medium-sized frog with a unique pebble-textured skin, very noticeable crest above its eyes, and large marble-sized yellow/orange- or golden-colored eyes.

The Very First

In 1984, the Puerto Rican crested toad became the first amphibian to receive Species Survival Plan (SSP) status within the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. An SSP is a cooperative breeding program with a number of zoos working together to ensure the survival of a species.

Threat Level

  • Unknown
  • Common
  • Near Threatened
  • Threatened
  • Endangered
  • Critically Endangered
  • Extinct in the Wild

Critically Endangered

The Puerto Rican Crested Toad faces an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.


Puerto Rico, British Virgin Islands


Lowlands, freshwater

We care about Puerto Rican crested toads

The Saint Louis Zoo participates in the Species Survival Plan for Puerto Rican crested toads. This is a cooperative breeding program with a number of zoos working together to ensure the survival of the species. We also support Puerto Rican crested toads at the Charles H. Hoessle Herpetarium. Learn more about how we are helping wildlife around the world.

Dedicated to Conservation

Find this animal in Historic Hill


Historic Hill

Historic Hill is a lovely stroll through one of the oldest parts of the Saint Louis Zoo. From the 1904 World’s Fair Flight Cage to the Spanish architectural flavor of the 1920s in the Bird House, Primate House and Herpetarium to the finishing touches of our thoroughly modern exhibits, this area of the Zoo has a unique ambiance and a nostalgic history that make it a great destination.

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