Surinam Toad

Theme area:  Amazonía
Scientific name:  Pipa pipa
Class:  Amphibians
Continent:  South America
Habitat:  Rivers, marshes, swamps and lakes
Diet:  Omnivore
Weight:  250 gr
Size:  10 - 17 cm
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The Surinam Toad is a resident of eastern South America and Trinidad.

It usually lies motionless at the bottom of ponds, generally returning to the surface for air every half hour. It does not leave the water voluntarily. It looks like a dry leaf or something dead and this appearance makes it undetectable to prey and predators. They lack a tongue and use the toes on their forelimbs to search for food at the bottom of ponds and bring food to their mouths.

The female lays a clutch of about 100 eggs that are fertilised by the male and then attached to the female's back where they sink into the skin. After 12-20 weeks, the hatchlings emerge from her back fully formed.

Conservation Status
Extinct
Extinct in the wild
Critically endangered
Endangered
Vulnerable
Near threatened
Least concern
Insufficient data
Not evaluated

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This animal stays in the water all the time, never leaving it voluntarily.
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