Crucifix Toad


Common name : Holy Cross frog, Catholic frog

Scientific name : Notaden bennettii

Family : Myobatrachidae

Native to : New South Wales and Queensland

Interesting fact : The toad buries itself to survive long periods without water.

Conservation status : Least Concern

Quite round for a toad, crucifix toads are brightly coloured with blunt snouts and tiny legs. It has a typical central cross formed by multi-coloured spots. They emerge from the soil only after the rain to breed and to feed on ants and termites. Its skin produces a sticky glue to keep predators away.

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