Monday, October 25, 2010

Vampire Frogs!?

The frog uses its webbed toes to glide between treetops. [Australian Museum: Jodi Rowley]. Photo courtesy: Asia Pacific News.

I have always loved frogs. I find them immensely fascinating - not to mention cute - so I am always interested when a new species is found. The above adorable fellow is a new species, discovered by an Australian scientist, in Vietnam named the Vampire Frog.

The vampire flying frog uses its webbed toes to glide between treetops; but, it earned its nickname because the frogs' tadpoles have strange black fangs.

Australian Museum scientist Dr Jodi Rowley, who found the frog, says it is the first time fangs have been discovered in a tadpole.

"We don't know of anything quite like this that's for sure, so we're taking a lot of time to work out why on Earth they have these fangs," Dr Rowley said.

"Maybe it's got something to do with what they eat.

"They breed in very small pools of water that are found in the holes in the trunks of trees, so maybe they eat something particularly strange up there."

I, for one, will be waiting for scientists to discover the meaning of these strange fangs.

Via Asia Pacific News

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