Atelopus Frog


Common name : Harlequin toads, Stubfoot toads, Clown frog

Scientific name : Atelpus Limosus

Family : Bufonidae

Native to : American tropics

Interesting fact : Its only predator is the Sarcophagid fly.

The larvae are laid on the frog’s burrow inside and slowly kill by feeding on the frog.

Conservation status : Endangered

The genus atelopus is known for brightly coloured frogs. Vivid fluorescent loop patterns adorn their dark bodies which are a visual treat. In fact, these same colours warn their predators of their skin toxin. These toads are known to enter water only during the breeding season. The diet of these lethargic and diurnal creatures mainly consists of small arthropods.

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