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Frogs#7: Winter in New York

By handlerstudio  
I decided to go to the museum's website for information about some of these frogs. Here is the description of this bad boy:
Sit-and-wait Predator
Ornate horned frogs have voracious appetites, but they are not built for chasing down prey. They bury themselves in leaves or loose soil and pounce on small animals that blunder by. When harassed by a human or other large animal, these fearless frogs lunge and snap their huge jaws. Like little green bulldogs, they bite and hang on until pried loose.

Ornate Horned Frog
Ceratophrys ornata

Class: Amphibia
Family: Leptodactylidae
Size: Up to 7 inches
Food: Mice, lizards, birds, snakes, insects, other frogs
Range: Uruguay, Brazil, and northern Argentina
Habitat: Rainforests and pampas prairies
Life Cycle: A thousand or more eggs are attached to plants in water. The tadpoles have voracious appetites and often eat each other.

He kind of looks like a huge lump, so the description is pretty right on.


Tags: Photo journalism Close-up and macro Frogs Wildlife and nature

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Potra 3 Venezuela
26 Jan 2014 3:27AM
Scary! I like little frogs not these humongous toads! Blush

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lesliea 7 2 Australia
26 Jan 2014 3:33AM
Wow what great camouflage well spotted and captured.
Allen, Grin
YorkshireSam 6 110 3 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 3:51AM
That is a strange critter indeed, cheers for sharing it with us.
26 Jan 2014 4:12AM
Great Snap from him, Great Image from you!
A very interesting narrative, Peter, but I was horrified to think they would attack humans, as well as their normal prey...!

ColleenA Plus
4 319 4 Australia
26 Jan 2014 6:46AM
He looks fat and lazy and in need of a few leap frogs....not a nice fella to stumble apron then....great information...
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
26 Jan 2014 7:31AM
Perfect camouflage

Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 7:53AM
Cannibal from birth, no wonder he's got attitude. Great shot of him though Peter.
gss 2 1 Romania
26 Jan 2014 9:24AM
It looks like an alien being, not from earth!
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
26 Jan 2014 10:22AM
It took a little while to spot this wonderfully camouflaged Frog, beautiful colours Peter.

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mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
26 Jan 2014 3:31PM
Hard to spot in here Peter.
Good shot.
Bantu Plus
3 7 1 India
26 Jan 2014 3:46PM
How you are finding frogs in the winter,but lovely capture.
26 Jan 2014 4:20PM
Great capture Peter but not a frog i'd like to stumble across TongueGrin

26 Jan 2014 5:40PM
Peter, at first glance I didn't know what I was looking at, now I know I'm not so sure I want to look! Great image and research.

debu 6 India
27 Jan 2014 1:59AM
Great capture.

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