Nature has unusual things that we can’t believe easily. This South American amphibian specie, Suriname Toad (Pipe pipe), also has an unusual reproduction feature that we have never seen before. Female ones sink eggs into their skin and create a honeycomb-like feature on their skin which helps to protect the tadpole until the toads are fully developed.
Its appearance is more similar to a mottled brown leaf and is entirely flat. The male animal can grow up to 154 mm, while the female can grow 171 mm. Their skin has dark spots with light brown skin color. Therefore, they can easily avoid predators. They have no teeth or tongues. The Head is small and triangular with tiny black eyes.
Males use sharp clicking sounds to attract mates. After that, the male grabs the female’s front leg, allowing the cloche and the skin to swell. This process is called amplexus. The partners rise from the floor in amplexus and flip through the water. Then they swim until they need to come surface to catch their breath. Afterward, both swim bottom and male will lay on his back with the female on top of him on her stomach. Each time this happens, the female releases eggs, about 3 to 10, and the eggs are embedded in the back of the female skin because of the male’s movement. This can happen up to 10 times.
The eggs which are placed in the skin form pockets after several days and take an appearance of a honeycomb. Then the embryos grow through the tadpole stage inside these honeycombs. After passing 12 to 20 weeks, the toads will hatch. After giving birth to them, their mother sheds the layer used to birth them.
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