Puerto Rican Crested Toad

Peltophryne lemur

Scientific Name

Puerto Rican Crested Toad:  
Peltophryne lemur

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

Puerto Rico

Natural Habitat

Limestone hills with access to vernal pools

Physical Characteristics

  • Bumpy, mottled brown and tan body with distinctive bony crest above snout and eyes.

  • Females are typically larger than males and can grow to be 2.5–4.5 inches long.

Quick Facts

  1. The Puerto Rican crested toad was the first amphibian species to become part of a Species Survival Program in the United States. The Buffalo Zoo has been part of this breeding program since its inception of 1984, and with other AZA accredited zoos, have released over 300,000 tadpoles into their native habitat.


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Conservation Status

Critically Endangered: The Puerto Rican Crested Toad is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

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