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Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rainbow Toad Is Back
July 20, 2011, 5:30 PM
Rainbow Toad Image I can't even begin to describe how satisfying it is to rediscover an 87-year-gone toad that you thought was extinct. I'd imagine it's probably similar to finding a ten dollar bill in your pocket after throwing your pants in the washing machine for 87 years. Or something like that. Last spotted by European explorers in 1924, three of these rainbow toads were recently discovered in the same tree, deep in the jungles of Southeast Asia. The group of toads included an adult male, an adult female and a juvenile. But unlike many other toads, you probably don't want to put a rainbow toad in your mouth: From National Geographic
Like many other colorful amphibians, the toxic toad's appearance is likely a warning to potential predators, said Robin Moore, an amphibian expert with Conservation International. "You can see the skin is rough, which usually indicates the presence of poison glands," Moore said. "You probably don't want to put this in your mouth."
Hey Robin Moore, I just said that! Well, I suppose a double warning is better than no warning at all. Now you know. Sources: 1. Rainbow Toad Rediscovered, Photographed for First Time [National Geographic] 2. Rainbow Toad Image by Indraneil Das, Conservation International [Image - MSNBC Cosmic Log]
Tags: Toads, Wildlife
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