19 Most Strange and Unusual Species of Frogs and Toads

Number 10 – The Amazon Horned Frog

                                                                                                       Name: The Sarinam Horned Frog

                                                                                                       Class: Amphibia

                                                                                   Family: Ceratophryidae

                                                                                   Genus: Ceratophrys

                                                                                   Species: C. cornuta

The Amazon Horned Frog is found in the northern part of South America and can reach up to 7.9 inches which makes it a very big frog and is best known for its mouth which is almost as wide as half its body and is also known for having born like features above its eyes. The Amazon horned frog craze on mice, tadpoles of other frogs including their own kind, lizards and other frogs which includes other species of horned frogs.

 

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Number 9 – The Crucifix Toad

 

                                                                                                       Name: the Crucifix Toad

                                                                                      Class: Amphibia

                                                                                      Family: Myobatrachidae

                                                                                      Genus: Notaden

                                                                                      Species: N. bennettii

This odd looking toad known as the crucifix toad is also known as the holy cross frog, fossorial frog and an Australian frog which is found in Australia but is native to south western Queensland and western New South Wales. These frogs are round and very small in size with the blunt nose and very small and tiny legs which its feet are shaped like spades which is used to help them to dig deep under ground. These frogs are usually brown and bright yellow in color and has a damage that resembles a cross on the center of its back which is lined with black, white, and red dots it also has tones of white and blue on its ventral surface. The males can grow as big as 2.5 inches while the females are little bit larger at 2.7 inches.

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Number 8 – The Chile Darwin Frog

                       

 

                                                                                                   Name: Chile Darwin’s Frog

                                                                                   Class: Amphibia

                                                                                   Family: Rhinodermatidae

                                                                                   Genus: Rhinoderma

                                                                                   Species: R. rufum

Located in central Chile, and being one out of two members of the family Rhinodermatidae and also once thought to be extinct but is now very populated is the amphibian known as the Chile Darwin Frog which is also known as the northern Darwin’s frog. This frog has a white and black ventral surface and it is usually found in the shade of green or brown or a mixture of both. It’s proboscis is very fleshy, it has webbed feet between only the first and second and third toe, and it legs very slander also. What really sticks out on this for all is it snows sticks out at length about 32 mm.

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Number 7 – The Desert Rain Frog

 

                                                                                                      Name: Desert Rain Frog

                                                                                     Class: Amphibia

                                                                                     Family: Brevicipitide

                                                                                     Genus: Breviceps

                                                                                     Species: B. macrops

Located in the jungles of South Africa and in Namibia, between Sand dunes and the ocean, lies the desert rain frog. These roles can grow big as 4 to 6 cm, they are a brownish yellow in colour which gives it as sandy look to them. There is one section of their body which is transparent and you are able to see their internal organs which is pretty cool. Located on top have big round eyes very short legs, with web spade like feet plus they have a very small snout and a very round body. One thing that makes this for all different from other is that it never goes through the stage of being the tadpole and develops straight from a egg as a frog. Another thing that is weird about this species of frog that it cannot leap or jump it also has a very high pitch voice sounds a lot like a squeaky toy. Also like other frogs, needing water to survive, these frogs do not require it.

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Number 6 – The Gastric Brooding Frog

 

                                                                                           Name: The Gastric Brooding Frog

                                                                            Class: Amphibia

                                                                            Family: Myobatrachidae

                                                                            Genus: Rheobatrachus

this frog once roamed the creeks of the rain forest in high elevations but now is extinct from causes that no one’s sure of and was known as the gastric brooding frog. This frog was also known as the platypus frog and could also be found in Eastern Australia. This frog was very unique in that its babies were held in its mom stomach and would crawl out of its mouth when it was ready to be born, she would not eat until then. 2013 scientists tried to clone these frogs that was known as the Lazarus project in the attempts to resurrect this very unique species of frogs.

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Number 5 – The Indian Bullfrog

 

                                                                                                   Name: Indian Bullfrog

                                                                                   Class: Amphibia

                                                                                   Family: Dicroglossidae

                                                                                   Genus: Hoplobatrachus

                                                                                   Species: H. tigerinus

These species of frogs are found in India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Naples, Pakistan, and Afghanistan have also been found in Madagascar, these frogs are known as Indian bullfrog’s and they are also known as Asia Bullfrogs, Indus Valley bullfrogs, and Asian bullfrogs. These frogs are known to avoid the forests in coastal areas and are found in habitats that are aquatic with freshwater and wetlands. These frogs eat mainly insects, earthworms, invertebrates, along with some other frogs, snakes, and even small birds. These frogs also actually have teeth which helps them to catch and kill their prey. The Indian bullfrog can reach the size of 7 inches.

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Number 4 – The Malagasy Rainbow Frog

 

                                                                                             Name: Malagasy Rainbow Frog

                                                                              Class: Amphibia

                                                                              Family: Microhylinae

                                                                              Genus: Scaphiophryne

                                                                              Species: Scaphiophryne. gottlebei

In Madagascar, their lives and an endangered species of frog known as the Malagasy Rainbow Frog. This frog is also known as the Red Rain Frog, the Ornate Hopper, the Gottlebe’s Narrow-Mouthed Frog, and the Rainbow Burrowing Frog. This frog is endangered not only because of its habitat loss, but is also endangered because of people catching them for pets which is now illegal to have one of these frogs as a pet. The male Rainbow Frog can reach the length of 1.2 inches long, with the female frog’s found much larger with the measure of 1.6 inches long. Only are they really small but they are around in their colours are very bright with shades of green, red, white, and also black create patterns on its back. The limbs are short and their feet are webbed to help them dig, with a rounded snout and a pair of prominent round eyes

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Number 3 – The Horned Marsupial Frog

                        

 

                                                                                           Name: The Horned Marsupial Frog

                                                                            Class: Amphibia

                                                                            Family: Hemiphractidae

                                                                            Genus: Gastrotheca

                                                                            Species: G. cornuta

Found in a few countries such as Costa Rica, Panama, Ecuador, and Columbia there is a very small and very unique species of frog named the Horned Marsupial Frog. This frog is known as an arboreal species in the lives in a moist and tropical lowland forests and also is found in what is called montane cloud forests. But these frogs are being threatened because of their deplenishing habitat. These frogs can get up to 3.1 inches long to have around body they broad snout, there are browned and caller with narrow dork stripes in their body. The also get their name from the points like horns around the eyes which are bronze and calour. The really cool thing about these frogs is that the babies do not go through a tadpole stage but their eggs are actually stored on the backs the female frogs and their eggs are considered to be one of the biggest among frog eggs.

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– The Giant Monkey Frog

 

                                                                                              Name: The Giant Monkey Frog

                                                                              Class: Amphibia

                                                                              Family: Hylidae

                                                                              Genus: Phyllomedusa

                                                                              Species: P. bocolor

Another very unusual but cool looking frog that lives in the Amazon basin and areas around it is the Giant Monkey Frog. This frog is also known as the Waxy-Monkey Treefrog, the Giant Leaf Frog, the Blue and Yellow Frog, and the Bicolored Treefrog. This frog is also known as a hylid frog. The sizes of these frog’s range for a male up to 4.1 inches and a female can reach a little bigger, up to 4.7 inches. These very unusual frog’s with some of them are known as dorsum species which are a lime green in calour on their top half while their bellies are a whitish yellow in color. There are white spots located on her front legs, their lower mouthes, and on her chest, with their feet being transparent brown which have the shape of large disks that are green. Behind what is called the tympanum which is over each eye lies a prominent gland.

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Number 2 -The Ornate Horned Frog

 

                                                                                              Name: Argentine Horned Frog

                                                                              Class: Amphibia

                                                                              Family: Ceratophryidae

                                                                              Genus: Ceratophrys

                                                                              Species: C. ornate

This species of frog can be found in Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, among other parts of South America and is the most common Horned Frog species. These frogs are known as the Argentine Horned Frog also called the Ornate Pac-Man Frog and the Argentine Widemouth Frog. In America we can find these frogs and a lot of pet stores going by the name of Pac-Man frogs which it gets its its name because of its large mouth Pac-Man. These frogs are considered to be very vorocious when they eat cause the can eat some very large creatures such as other frogs, lizards, and even rodents. The Pac-Man frog is known to try to eat anything that moves close to it no matter what it is. The males can reach up to 4.5 inches while the females can grow up to 6.5 inches they can live up to seven years in the wild but in captivity they can live almost twice as long. They are bright green and dark green with red markings but there also versions of this frog that are albino.

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Number 1 – The Paedophryne Amauenisis Frog

 

                                                                                     Name: The Paedophryne Amauensis Frog

                                                                       Class: Amphibia

                                                                       Family: Microhylidae

                                                                       Genus: Paedophryne

                                                                       Species: P. amauensis

Found in New Guinea is this very tiny but cute frog, which you can see, smaller than a dime, frog is called the Paedophryne Amauensis Frog. His frog only reaches 7.7mm in length that is only .30 inches which makes this vertebrate the smallest of its kind. This species of frog was only discovered in 2013 by the International Institute for Species Exploration which was announced on May 22, 2013. This frog also does not go through a tadpole stage but hatch as a frog and are known as “hoppers” and are known to be able to jump over 30 times their body length. Being so tiny, these frogs only eat small invertebrates which makes them crepuscular. They also can peep out a high pitch noise that reaches frequencies of 8402 to 9400 Hz which they use to call for mates.

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– The Red Eyed Tree Frog

 

                                                                                               Name: Agalychnis Callidryas

                                                                               Class: Amphibia

                                                                               Family: Hylidae

                                                                               Genus: Agalychnis

                                                                               Species: A. callidryas

one of the most colorful and cute frog’s located in Central America, Colombia, Mexico but native to neo-tropical rain forests is the red eyed tree frog. The very bright green body with a dash of yellow and blue stripes down its sides, this frog gets its name from its big red eyes. It’s name means beautiful tree or wood nymph and is captured and kept as pets. These frogs have very wide and webbed feet which are green in color but their toes are either red or orange and are very sticky. These frogs have a very rough and hard by whether underbelly is really soft and tender. The species of frogs go through the stages of being tadpoles and will hatch after just a week being in the water and will remain in the water as a tadpole for several months which makes it dangerous for them as they become prey for other creatures such as Beatles, dragonflies, and all kinds of fish.

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– The Surinam Toad

 

                                                                                                   Name: The Surinam Toad

                                                                                  Class: amphibian

                                                                                  Family: Pioidae

                                                                                  Genus: Pipa

                                                                                  Species: P. pipa

This toad is found in multiple countries such as Trinidad, Venezuela, Tobago, Bolivia, Colombia, Suriname, Brazil, Ecuador, Peru, and the French Guiana. This toad is also threatened by the loss of its habitat which is a tropical and subtropical moist low land forests, this frog is known as the Suriname Toad is also known as the Star-Fingered Toad. In Spanish this toad is known as Pipa Pipa and the Sapo Pipa in which Pipa, that means kite. As you can see in the photo this species of toad is almost completely flat in appearance in which is typical size is up to 5 inches but has been found at 8 inches. One of the really odd things about this toad is that it has no teeth or tongue and has eyes that are called minute eyes.

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– The Cruziohyla Calcarifer Frog

 

                                                                                                Name: The Cruziohyla Calcarifer

                                                                                Class: Amphibia

                                                                                Family: Hylidae

                                                                                Genus: Cruziohyla

                                                                                Species: C. calcarifer

This frog is a family of the tree frog and is found in humid low land forest in the province in Northwestern Ecuador, Panama, western part of Columbia, and in southern parts of Costa Rica. This frog is known as the Cruziohyla Calcarifer Frog which is also known as the Splendid Treefrog and the Splendid Leaf Frog. This frog has very oversize hands and foot webbing green and caller Valley the color orange its toes and webbing is also orange. Their eyes have what is known as bicoloured irises. Their eggs are usually placed in fallen trees that are submerged in water.

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– The Glass Frog

 

                                                                                                      Name: The Glass Frog

                                                                                                      Class: Amphibia

                                                                                     Family: Centrolenidae

One of the cutest frogs on this list is The Glass Frog. The glass frog is a bright green and yellow on top, with the bottom which is very transparent to where you can actually see its insides and even see its heart beating. But not all glass frogs have a transparent belly. These frogs only come out to mate and are usually only found in trees. These frogs are very small ranging from 1 to 3 inches in length and have what is called Calcars which are found on the rear of their feet and not like other tree frogs that have their eyes slightly on the side of their heads, the Glass Frogs eyes are located on the front of their face.

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– The Turtle Frog

                                                                                       Name: The Myobatrachus Gouldii Frog

                                                                        Class: Amphibia

                                                                        Family: Myobatrachidae

                                                                        Genus: Myobatrachus

                                                                        Species: M. gouldii

this odd looking frog is found in western parts of Australia and is known as the Turtle Frog or the Tortoise Frog. Stroke has a very huge round body compared to its very small head which resembles a turtles head, it’s lambs are also very short in length which are only 1.8 inches long in length but are really strong so they can dig big holes in the sand. But also like a turtle these frogs dig like turtles and not like other frogs. The diet of the Turtle Frog is mostly termites which with the help of their muscular legs they can tear through the mounds that termites live in.

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– The Venezuela Pebble Toad

                                                                                             Name: The Oreophrynella Nigra

                                                                             Class: Amphibia

                                                                             Family: Bufonidae

                                                                             Genus: Oreophrynella

                                                                             Species: O. nigra

Another very teeny, tiny species of toad is the Venezuela Pebble Toad which is found in where else, Venezuela, which is in the Guiana Highlands in the Bolivar State. These toads are usually black or gray in color than females can grow up to 1.18 inches, while the males only get to .93 inches. One of the unique features of this tiny toad is that it will tuck its head and legs into its body to form a ball, they do this when they feel threatened. This is how they get their name “pebble”, they look like a little black pebble.

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– The Vietnamese Mossy Frog

 

                                                                                                 Name: The Theloderma Corticale

                                                                                 Class: Amphibia

                                                                                 Family: Rhacophoridae

                                                                                 Genus: Theloderma

                                                                                 Species: T. corticale

Found in northern part of Vietnam and parts of China is this very unusual looking frog that looks like brown and green moss and how it name the Mossy Frog or the Vietnamese Mossy Frog it is also called the Tonkin Bug-Eyed Frog. With the looks of moss, it is perfect camouflage from any predators. Like other frogs of females get bigger than the males they can reach up to 3.5 inches long and both species have large toes with sticky pads and besides being totally camouflaged, they also will curl into a ball and act like they’re dead and they feel threatened. The species of frogs are also threatened by loss of their surroundings. They are found mainly in rocky cliffs or in caves.

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– The Wallace’s Flying Frog

                                                                                        Name: The Wallace’s Flying Frog

                                                                          Class: Amphibia

                                                                          Family: Rhacophoridae

                                                                          Genus: Rhacophorus

                                                                          Species: R. nigropalmatus

Another really cute frog which is found in the parts of the Malay, Western in Indonesia and also in Sumatra and in Borneo, this frog is the Wallace’s Flying Frog which is also known as the Abah River Flying Frog. This frog gets its name from Alfred R. Wallace, who is a biologist and is the first person to collect a specimen of this frog. This frog is also considered a very photogenic frog because of its big eyes and bright colors. They range from 8o to 100mm in length and like other frogs the males are smaller than the females. These frogs have very long legs and their toes and fingers have very huge webs from one and the tips of their toes which helps them to glide in the air which gives them the appearance of flying.

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