Bransford’s Litter Frog


The Bransford’s Litter Frog (Craugastor bransfordii) with the green eyes was found in September 2012 and the copper eyed one in August 2014 here in San Miguel de Matina, Costa Rica. Our area is wet, humid and has a low elevation which is a natural habitat of both of these frogs.

Bransford’s Litter Frog

This frog gets its name from the tree litter that it lives in. It is not endangered but its habitat is depleted when trees are cut down to make room for livestock which means very few leaves fall to the ground. I think this lovely model is a female because of the small sized eardrum located behind the eye, see the circle. The females have smaller eardrums than the males. I haven’t seen any male litter frogs that helped me to make that determination it just looks dainty to me. This particular group of frogs has many different variations in skin texture, stripes and colors. One distinguishing factor is on the bottom of their hands and feet but we didn’t know that while we had her so we didn’t look or get a picture. These frogs are fairly common in our area and active during the day so we should be able to see her or part of her family another time. Notice the lovely green eyes.

Craugastor bransfordii

Craugastor bransfordii Top

Litter Frog with Yellow Strip on Side

Copper eyed

A bigger ear drum and copper eyes. This is the normal eye color for a Bransford’s Litter Frog. The green eyes of the one above are an anomaly.

litter frog

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19 comments on “Bransford’s Litter Frog”

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  2. Cindy Reply

    How beautiful! Especially the smiling frog-in-hand.. Did you get a prince?

  3. eileen Reply

    kissing a frog? i thought you kissed enough frogs and got your prince.

    hey miss you guys and love your pictures, glad you are sharing. love ya, aunt eileen

  4. carolyn tait Reply

    and your nails look just lovely too! like you just got a manicure after all that farm work. =)

    • Kimberly Beck Reply

      Why thank you for noticing. I was actually surprised when I saw the pic. I couldn’t believe my nails were that clean!

  5. John Engelman Reply

    Excellent photos Barry and Kim your modeling skills are wonderful. Do they need a Wheel of Fortune Vanna in CR?

  6. carol vaughn Reply

    Thank you for these fabulous frog photos. They are such
    a vital part of our environment here in Costa Rica and it
    was lovely to see them up close and personal. Thanks!

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