Frog Subspecies are Vast and Unique


Frogs are a very interesting species. Some odd frogs include the turtle frog, the turquoise poison dart frog, and the South American horned frog. While these frogs are all part of the same species, each sub-species has its own unique qualities.

Turtle frogs are found in Western Australia and have likely existed for up to 140 million years. Some scientists think that they are attracted to the smell of termites, which is their favorite prey. These frogs are identifiable by their unique mating routines. Once the female and male frog mate, they dig a three foot deep hole and stay there for five to six months until the female lays her eggs. The mates care for the eggs underground until they hatch as froglets.

The turquoise poison dart frogs is unique in a different way – it has a bright blue body with blacks spots to warn its predators that it’s poisonous. The turquoise poison dart frog can be found in the rainforests of Central and South America. Some rainforest hunters use this frog’s natural toxins to hunt small animals.

South American horned frogs, another interesting frog sub-species, can be found in South America. Their diet consists of small mammals, snakes, and other frogs. The South American horned frogs' skin helps them blend in to their environment, so other animals can’t see them. They sit and wait for their prey and attack once the prey rears them. Some South American horned frogs grow up to eight inches; though others grow to less than an inch. Once rain season ends, they dig holes and live in cocoons made out of dried skin and mucus secretions.

Frogs do many surprising things, such as making cocoons or digging holes in which they lay eggs. There are many species of frogs that have not yet been discovered, and scientists suggest that there's lots more to learn.

[Source: Extremely Weird Frogs]

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