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Suriname toad, Inírida, Colombia This is a personal favorite, an unexpected jewel of a species we found as we were struggling the path of a dense forest in the pitch black night. In this flooded forest, dead leafs fall in the water, covering the floor. But one of these leafs is not dead, instead it&#039;s a bizarre type of amphibian called the Suriname Toad. <br />
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It is remarkable in its appearance which is almost as flat as a leaf. To support the ability to be this flat, it has no tongue or teeth. An even more mind-blowing fact about this species is that females develop their young directly inside the skin of their own back, shown in this video:<br />
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Closeup shot with added contrast to see more body detail:<br />
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It is remarkable in its appearance which is almost as flat as a leaf. To support the ability to be this flat, it has no tongue or teeth. An even more mind-blowing fact about this species is that females develop their young directly inside the skin of their own back, shown in this video:<br />
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PS: we poked it slightly with a small twig, and it very much was alive. Colombia,Guainía,Inírida,Pipa pipa,South America,World Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Suriname toad, Inírida, Colombia

This is a personal favorite, an unexpected jewel of a species we found as we were struggling the path of a dense forest in the pitch black night. In this flooded forest, dead leafs fall in the water, covering the floor. But one of these leafs is not dead, instead it's a bizarre type of amphibian called the Suriname Toad.

It is remarkable in its appearance which is almost as flat as a leaf. To support the ability to be this flat, it has no tongue or teeth. An even more mind-blowing fact about this species is that females develop their young directly inside the skin of their own back, shown in this video:



Closeup shot with added contrast to see more body detail:

Suriname toad - closeup, Inírida, Colombia This is a personal favorite, an unexpected jewel of a species we found as we were struggling the path of a dense forest in the pitch black night. In this flooded forest, dead leafs fall in the water, covering the floor. But one of these leafs is not dead, instead it's a bizarre type of amphibian called the Suriname Toad. <br />
<br />
It is remarkable in its appearance which is almost as flat as a leaf. To support the ability to be this flat, it has no tongue or teeth. An even more mind-blowing fact about this species is that females develop their young directly inside the skin of their own back, shown in this video:<br />
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mZ7b4spjXhw Colombia,Common Suriname toad,Guainía,Inírida,Pipa pipa,South America,World

PS: we poked it slightly with a small twig, and it very much was alive.

    comments (4)

  1. Amazing animal!
    Did you poke it to see if its carrying babies? ;)
    Posted 3 years ago
    1. At that time I did not even know about that breeding strategy, so it was just to check if its not dead. Checking it now by zooming in to the max on the closeup shot, I can't see any. I do see some holes in the skin suggesting perhaps it had already happened. Posted 3 years ago
      1. Haha love those guys! It's high on my wish-list of species.
        They are bloody weird though, and I often cite them when friends ask me for particularly bizarre examples of evolution.
        http://www.smbc-comics.com/comic/2013-05-13
        Posted 3 years ago
        1. Evolution is cancelled, lol :) Posted 3 years ago

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The common Suriname toad or star-fingered toad is a species of frog in the Pipidae family found in Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela. In Spanish it is called aparo, rana comun de celdillas, rana tablacha, sapo chinelo, sapo chola, or sapo de celdas. In Portuguese, it is known as sapo pipa due to its shape, as "pipa" means kite. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist lowland forests, subtropical or tropical.. more

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Uploaded Aug 4, 2017. Captured Oct 23, 2016 18:35.
  • NIKON D800
  • f/9.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO100
  • 105mm