Saturday, February 23, 2013

Weekend Wonders: World's Cutest Frog


This rather comical little frog has become an internet sensation thanks to its cute looks and even cuter call. The Desert Rain Frog (Breviceps macrops), which hails from South Africa and Namibia, is classified as "vulnerable" by the IUCN.  It inhabits a small strip of coastal dunes, where sea fog provides much of the moisture.  These nocturnal cuties spend their days in moist burrows and venture out at night to forage.  Eggs are laid and develop in the burrow.

But it is the tiny creature's distress call which is causing all of the sudden interest.  Just click on the YouTube video below to listen for yourself:

Hopefully the Desert Rain Frog's newfound fame will aid in the preservation of this adorable and unusual little amphibian!

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