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   CaliforniaMama  Saturday Feb 23 12:28 PM

February 23, 2013 - Desert Rain Frog



He's not much to look at, and to me he looks more like a beach frog covered in sand than a desert frog, but he has a pretty impressive defense mechanism. Check out the video below. Put your coffee down first, though!



This video was posted by Dean Boshoff, wildlife enthusiast and photographer, on Feb 13th. It quickly went viral.

The frog is Breviceps macrops, the desert rain frog. He found the rain frog in the sandy dunes along Port Nolloth in the Northern Cape province (South Africa?).The frogís animated body plan is well adapted for burrowing in its dune habitat there. (Not sure where the desert part of the name comes from, or the rain either, for that matter.)

Quote:
They've got flanges on their back feet which act like little spades, so they can dig in backward into the sand. They also have a belly patch which is an area with lots of blood vessels and capillaries through which they can take up water through the soil.
The video can be found on YouTube.

Other information about the frog can be found here News24

Also see Outdoor.



jimhelm  Saturday Feb 23 01:12 PM

squealing like a mewling kitten is a defense mechanism?



Happy Monkey  Saturday Feb 23 02:36 PM

It reminds me of the Woozy growling.



orthodoc  Saturday Feb 23 03:21 PM

Very weird. My cat perked up her ears and looked behind my laptop trying to find the source.



footfootfoot  Saturday Feb 23 04:29 PM

watch all the reaction videos of people's pets trying to get or find the frog.



xoxoxoBruce  Saturday Feb 23 09:10 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by jimhelm View Post
squealing like a mewling kitten is a defense mechanism?
Maybe, considering how many things fear cats.


SPUCK  Sunday Feb 24 06:16 AM

A face only a Michelin tire would love.



ZenGum  Sunday Feb 24 06:51 AM

I've been though the desert on a frog with no rain...



footfootfoot  Sunday Feb 24 01:03 PM

Infi and I will hire you as a writer for our comedy act.



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