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Darwin's Frog

Darwins Frog (Rhinoderma darwinii)
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Scientific Name:
The name of the animal in science
Rhinoderma Darwinii
The animal group that the species belongs to
What kind of foods the animal eats
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
2.5cm - 3.5cm (0.9in - 1.4in)
The measurement of how heavy the animal is
2g - 5g (0.07oz - 0.17oz)
Top Speed:
The fastest recorded speed of the animal
8km/h (5mph)
How long the animal lives for
10 - 15 years
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, Green, Grey, Brown, Tan
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Favourite Food:
The preferred food of this animal
The specific area where the animal lives
Beech-tree forests and in fields
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laid at once
Main Prey:
The food that the animal gains energy from
Insects, Worms, Snails
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Rodents, Snakes, Birds
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to this animal
Small body size and leaf-like appearance

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Darwin's Frog

Darwin's frog is a small species of frog, native to the forest streams of Chile and Argentina. Darwin's frog is named after Charles Darwin who came across it on his famous "Voyage of the Beagle".

Darwin's frogs can be found inhabiting beech-tree forests and fields, in the cooler regions of South America. Darwin's frogs can also be found living near and in slow streams and swamps throughout Chile and across the border into Argentina.

Darwin's frog has a very distinct appearance, having evolved to look a bit like a leaf. This means that when the Darwin's frog feels threatened by approaching predators, it simply remains very still on the forest floor looking like a dead-leaf until the danger has passed.

Darwin's frog is a small, yet round species of frog that has a triangular shaped head and pointed snout. Despite having some webbing on their back feet, Darwin's frogs do not have webbed front feet as this helps them when moving around on the forest floor.

Like many other amphibian (and indeed frog) species, the Darwin's frog is a carnivorous animal that uses it's long, sticky tongue to catch its prey. Darwin's frogs feed on a variety of small invertebrates including insects, worms, snails and spiders.

Due to its small size, and despite it's best attempts at blending in, the Darwin's frog has a number of predators in its native habitat. Small mammals such as rodents, snakes and birds all commonly prey on the Darwin's frog.

The Darwin's frog is well known for the way in which it takes care of it's young. The female lays her eggs, which are then guarded by the male for about 2 weeks. Once hatched, the male Darwin's frog carries the developing tadpoles in a pouch in his throat until they are tiny froglets and are able to hop away.

Today, the Darwin's frog is a species that is considered to be vulnerable from extinction mainly due to habitat loss in the Darwin's frog's native habitat, primarily caused by deforestation.

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Darwin's Frog Translations

Granota de Darwin
Darwins Frog
Rhinoderma darwinii
Rhinoderma darwinii
Darwin hegyesorrú békája
Rhinoderma darwinii
Darwins bekbroeder
Żaba Darwina
Rhinoderma darwinii
Darwin kurbağası

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First Published: 24th May 2010, Last Updated: 8th November 2019

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