Some people are scared of Spiders, some are scared of dogs and cats, and I even knew someone who was petrified by caterpillars! But I hate frogs. There is a long-winded story why but let’s just say I hate them with very good reason. But I think it is time to face my fears and find out a little more about these amazing creatures, and discover just what is…
Ten of the Worlds Most Unusual and Amazing Frogs and Toads
10 – The Vietnamese Mossy Frog
The common name of the mossy frog arises from the fact that its skin is a mottled green and brown that resembles moss growing on a rock and forms an effective form of camouflage. As with most Tree Frogs, the females will grow larger than the males but unlike every other frog this species will curl into a ball when frightened, and play dead!
9 – The Fleischmann’s Glass Frog
Glass frogs have similarities to tree frogs to the naked eye. During the day, these frogs camouflage themselves under leaves but above water and have a green semi-translucent colour with yellow translucent hands.
8 – The Argentine Horned Frog
The Argentine Horned Frog (also known as the wide-mouthed Frog or Pacman frog) is the most common species of Horned Frog. A voracious eater, it will attempt to swallow anything that moves close to its wide mouth, such as insects, and rodents, lizards and other frogs, even if it suffocates its self in the process!
7 – The Poison Dart Frog
The poison arrow frog is one of the most well-known of the frog species. They often have very brightly coloured bodies to indicate their toxic secretions which are so strong they can kill a monkey when applied to a blow dart in less than a 40 seconds.
6 – The Harlequin Toad
Commonly known as Harlequin toads it is a rather large genus of true toads from Central and South America, ranging as far north as Costa Rica and as far south as Bolivia. Generally brightly coloured and diurnal. Sadly they are also one of the most endangered species or toad in the World.
5 – The Clown Tree Frog
Dendropsophus sarayacuensis is a species of frog in the Hylidae family. It is found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, freshwater marshes, and intermittent freshwater marshes.
4 – The Golden Toad
Adult males measured just barely 5 centimetres (2.0 in) long and unlike most toads their skin is shiny and bright. The female toads are slightly larger than the males and looked very different. Instead of being bright orange, females are coloured dark olive to black with scarlet spots encircled by yellow!
3 – The African bullfrog
This is officially the largest species of frog known to us, with males weighing upwards of 1.4 kg (3.1 lb), though can easily exceed 2 kg (4.4 lb) while females are half the size, making it unique among frogs as in most amphibian females are usually larger than males. Males can reach 10 inches while females only reach about 6!
2 – The Indian Bullfrog
During mating season, the colours of the male is a bright yellow skin and two very bright blue vocal sacs. They also have very strong teeth in two oblique series commencing from the inner anterior angle of the choanae; lower jaw with two not very prominent bony processes in fronton!
1 – The Amazon Blue Milk Frog
The Mission golden-eyed tree frog (or Amazon milk frog) is a large species of arboreal frog native to the Amazon Rainforest in South America. It is sometimes referred to as the blue milk frog and was first discovered along the Maracanã River in Brazil.