Freaky Frogs

Freaky Frogs: The Future

If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you may know that for the past six months, we’ve been posting Freaky Frog articles every fortnight. During our journey through the weird and wonderful world of these amazing amphibians, we’ve looked at the delightfully named ‘scrotum frog’, we’ve examined the remarkable defensive mechanism of the ‘wolverine frog’, and we’ve marvelled at the cryogenic wood frog. There have been frogs that brood their young in their vocal sacs. Toads that brood their young inside pockets in their own skin. Frogs with moustaches. Frogs that practise ‘reproductive necrophilia’.

Five More Fantastically Freaky Frogs

Over the past couple of months, The Nature Nook has been looking at frogs that exhibit truly bizarre breeding behaviours. From the male that broods his offspring in his vocal sac to the toad whose tadpoles develop within pockets in the skin on their mother’s back, there seems to be no shortage of unusual ways in which anurans reproduce and take care of their young.

Freaky Frogs: Surinam Toad

Perhaps I’m being a little unfair calling this series of articles ‘Freaky Frogs’. After all, the species that we’ve already looked at have certainly been bizarre or remarkable in one way or another, but are they freaky? That’s debatable. However, the focus of today’s post – the Surinam toad – is undeniably, unequivocally, unquestionably freaky. Case in point: the young of this species burst out from the back of their disfigured mother and then start eating one another.

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