Five Best Weird Frogs

In no particular order…

The Purple Frog, or Pignose frog, has all the round, lumpy weirdness of an old-school Jim Henson puppet. His pointy little nose is used to burrow because he lives most of his life underground. They tend to live in the Western Ghats range in India. Although white people ‘discovered’ them in 2003, they’ve actually been around for a long time.This little creature makes the list because he reminds me of the Squonk

Keeping with the swollen and bulbous, we have the Myobatrachus, also known as the Turtle Frog. This very good boi is found around Perth in Western Australia. He lives in sandy soil where his chonky arms can be put to good use digging around for termites. If you look close, you’ll see that the Turtle Frog looks like it’s wearing gold eyeshadow and I think that’s nifty.

Now THIS is a frog! Diane’s bare-hearted glass frog, (or a Kermit frog) is a species of Costa Rican glass frog. Glass frogs are the kind that show off their lovely insides with see-through skin on their tummies and there are lots of different kinds, but I think this one the best because she looks like she’s about to start singing at any moment

Is this what your sleep paralysis demon looks like? The Hairy frog (Trichobatrachus robustus) is native to Central Africa, and the hairs you see are actually to help with oxygen absorption when the males stay with the eggs after the female has laid them. Good news! The tadpoles are carnivorous and have several rows of sharp teeth. Also, they make ‘retractable claws’ by breaking the bones of the foot. Sweet dreams

The Golden Poison Dart Frog gets in here because the concept sounds like something out of an Indiana Jones movie. Unfortunately, they don’t actually shoot poison darts -it’s my understanding that the name comes from their use in weaponry by Indigenous cultures such as the Emberá and Cofán people in Colombia’s rainforest. Typically, you have to eat it or get its toxin in your bloodstream, but this pretty boy is considered so toxic that just touching him can cause swelling, nausea and paralysis. Once it’s in you, the poison permanently prevents nerves from transmitting impulses, which leads to heart failure. Death occurs in less than 10 minutes and there is no cure.

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