UNUSUAL AND RARE LITTLE FROG
Greetings my fine friends out there!
And how has your week been? I pray all is well and your lives are running smoothly. I am still recovering from the flu but getting stronger everyday, praise God. My grandson camefor a visit so I’m very thankful I’m feeling better and I couldn’t help but let out a squeal of delight when I hugged him.
“Speaking of squeaky things I must tell you about the desert rain frog. Now I know I just wrote a blog on frogs, but I think you will love this one! “Breviceps macrops is a frog that is native to the coast of Namibia and South Africa. The frog spends most of the day burrowed in the sand where it is cool and moist, but comes out to feed on insects and their larvae.”1 Often it is seen with sand grains sticking to its skin.
“The desert rain frog is a small, plump species with bulging eyes, a short snout, short limbs, spade-like feet and webbed toes. On the underside it has a transparent area of skin through which its internal organs can be seen. Its colour is yellowish-brown and it often has sand adhering to its skin…The desert rain frog is nocturnal, spending the day in a burrow which it has dug to a depth of 10 to 20 centimetres (3.9 to 7.9 in) where the sand is moist. It emerges on both foggy and clear nights and wanders about over the surface of the dunes. Its footprints are distinctive and are often found around patches of dung where it is presumed to feed on moths, beetles and insect larvae. It digs its way into the sand in the morning, and its presence in a locality can be deduced from the little pile of loose sand dislodged by its burrowing activities. Breeding is by direct development of eggs laid in its burrow and there is no aqueous tadpole stage. Its total range is smaller than 2,000 square kilometres (770 sq mi) and is fragmented and thenumber of individual frogs seems to be decreasing. It is threatened by habitat loss caused by opencast diamond mining, road making and increased human settlement.”2
What makes this frog so adorable is it’s defense when threatened. I don’t want to give it away, so, with no more waiting, check out this cute video!
May all our discoveries be such a blessing from God!
God bless and take care,