science fiction character

These particular frogs seem to be taken from a science fiction movie, however, they are very common in the Amazon jungle, where they know very well how to hide since they live on the ground.

If you look closely, you will notice that thanks to their colors and the horns above their eyes and ridges on their backs, they look like a bundle of fallen leaves.

The Suriname Horned Frog can weigh up to a pound and measure up to 20 centimeters in height. This is probably due to the fact that it is not very demanding with its diet and will eat any animal that is smaller than its own, such as other frogs, lizards and mice. Surinam horned frog tadpoles attack each other (and tadpoles of other species) shortly after hatching.

Fun facts

  • The horned frog is very aggressive, when it closes its jaw on a prey, it does not open it again until it is completely immobile.
  • The females are larger than the males and can lay up to 1,000 eggs at a time.
  • To hunt, the Surinam Horned Frog hides in leaf litter, exposing only the head, and waits for prey to appear. When the prey is close enough, the horned frog quickly jumps out of hiding and swallows the prey in one piece.