LORDS OF APATHY

April 19, 2010

LOA ANIMAL SPOTLIGHT: THE SURINAM TOAD

Surinam toads are most well-known for their remarkable reproductive habits. Unlike the majority of toads the males of this species cannot attract mates with croaks and other sounds often associated with these aquatic animals. Instead they produce a sharp clicking sound by snapping the hyoid bone in their throat.[1] The partners rise from the floor while in amplexus and flip through the water in arcs. During each arc, the female releases 3-10 eggs, which get embedded in the skin on her back by the male's movements.
After implantation the eggs sink into the skin and form pockets over a period of several days, eventually taking on the appearance of an irregular honeycomb. The larvae develop through the tadpole stage inside these pockets, eventually emerging from the mother's back as fully developed toads, though they are less than an inch long (2 cm







2 comments:

bastion of suffering said...

i remember my friend in fourth grade saying that the word "moist" freaked him out.. well, later on i related when the words "anal worts" freaked me the fuck out.. anyways, when "Jamal" was telling me this i think it was during a frog lecture.. needless to say this is fucking gross...i can imagine there will be nights, just before climax, when i somehow remember this godawful post... if not then, the morning after when she looks at me with those black snake eyes and says, "you wanna get some food.."

faxer said...

it reminds me of the bee hive guy on ninja scroll...but a gross version