PYGMY MARSUPIAL FROG female carrying tadpoles
©Michael & Patricia Fogden
The Ranita Marsupial Pigmea (Flectonotus pygmaeus) is a species of frog in the Hemiphractidae family. It is found in Colombia and Venezuela. Its natural habitats are subtropical or tropical moist montanes and heavily degraded former forest. It is threatened by habitat loss.
They have an unusual breeding method - The female has a brood pouch. After the female lays her eggs, the male catches them, pops a little fertilizer in there, and then, USING HIS TOES he places the eggs gently inside her dorsal brood pouch. The eggs are kept in contact with the female’s vascular tissue, which provides them with a source of oxygen. When the eggs turn into tadpoles they squirm outta the momma frog and she places them into some water.
http://tinyurl.com/4uo4k28 - FEATURED CREATURE
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