The Beauty of it All

Not exactly beautiful

purple-mud-frog

The purple frog is a relatively large burrowing frog with a distinct, bloated or plump appearance. The head is conical and short in comparison with the rest of the body, and has a white, protruding snout. The fore- and hind-limbs are short, ending in partially webbed feet with rounded toes and each hind foot possesses a large, white wart-like growth, most likely used for digging. The eyes are small, rounded, and have a horizontal pupil. This species has smooth, dark purple skin that fades into grey along the stomach. Purple frogs reach a total length of about 7 cm.

The purple frog spends most of the year underground, surfacing only for about twoweeks during the monsoon season in order to mate. It lives 1.3-3.7m below ground and the frog’s reclusive fossorial (digging or burrowing) lifestyle is what caused the species to escape earlier detection by biologists. It comes to the surface for a few weeks a year to breed in temporary and permanent ponds and ditches

The main threat to the purple frog is believed to be ongoing forest loss for coffee, cardamom, ginger and other species for cultivation.

Photo credit: Karthickbala From:www.facebook.com/scienceisawsome 5/19/13

 

 

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