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Darwin's Frog

Darwins Frog (Rhinoderma darwinii)
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Darwin's Frog Facts

Kingdom:
Five groups that classify all living things
Animalia
Phylum:
A group of animals within the animal kingdom
Chordata
Class:
A group of animals within a pylum
Amphibia
Order:
A group of animals within a class
Anura
Family:
A group of animals within an order
Rhinodermatidae
Genus:
A group of animals within a family
Rhinoderma
Scientific Name:
Comprised of the genus followed by the species
Rhinoderma Darwinii
Type:
The animal group that the species belongs to
Amphibian
Diet:
What kind of foods the animal eats
Carnivore
Size (L):
How long (L) or tall (H) the animal is
2.5cm - 3.5cm (0.9in - 1.4in)
Weight:
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)
Life Span:
How long the animal lives for
10 - 15 years
Lifestyle:
Whether the animal is solitary or sociable
Solitary
Conservation Status:
The likelihood of the animal becoming extinct
Vulnerable
Colour:
The colour of the animal's coat or markings
Black, Green, Grey, Brown, Tan
Skin Type:
The protective layer of the animal
Permeable
Favourite Food:Insects
Habitat:
The specific area where the animal lives
Beech-tree forests and in fields
Average Clutch Size:
The average number of eggs laif at once
30
Main Prey:Insects, Worms, Snails
Predators:
Other animals that hunt and eat the animal
Rodents, Snakes, Birds
Distinctive Features:
Characteristics unique to the animal
Small body size and leaf-like appearance

Darwin's Frog Location

Map of Darwin's Frog Locations
Map of South America

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 it's prey. Darwin's frogs feed on a variety of small invertebrates including insects, worms, snails and spiders.

Due to it's small size, and despite it's best attempts at blending in, the Darwin's frog has a number of predators in it's 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.

Darwin's Frog Translations

Català
Granota de Darwin
English
Darwins Frog
Español
Rhinoderma darwinii
Suomi
Darwininsammakko
Français
Rhinoderma darwinii
Magyar
Darwin hegyesorrú békája
Italiano
Rhinoderma darwinii
Nederlands
Darwins bekbroeder
Polski
Żaba Darwina
Português
Rhinoderma darwinii
Türkçe
Darwin kurbağası

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First Published: 24th May 2010, Last Updated: 8th December 2016 [View Sources]

Sources:
1. David Burnie, Dorling Kindersley (2008) Illustrated Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 24 May 2010]
2. David Burnie, Kingfisher (2011) The Kingfisher Animal Encyclopedia [Accessed at: 01 Jan 2011]
3. Dorling Kindersley (2006) Dorling Kindersley Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 24 May 2010]
4. Richard Mackay, University of California Press (2009) The Atlas Of Endangered Species [Accessed at: 24 May 2010]
5. Tom Jackson, Lorenz Books (2007) The World Encyclopedia Of Animals [Accessed at: 24 May 2010]

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