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Horned Marsupial Frog

(Gastrotheca cornuta)


Category: Amphibians



The horned marsupial frog is an arboreal species native to the tropical moist lowland forests and montane cloud forests of Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, and Panama. Their upper eyelid has a triangular peak, giving them a quizzical, alert appearance. This species lays the largest known eggs of any amphibian! Females brood their eggs in a pouch on their lower back until they emerge as fully developed froglets.



Data & Facts

Scientific Classification
Kingdom - Animalia
Phylum - Chordata
Class - Amphibia
Order - Anura
Family - Hemiphractidae
Genus - Gastrotheca
Species - G. cornuta

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Interesting Animal Facts

Make sure you retract your eyes 30 times before swallowing!

It has long been known that Frogs retract their eyes and close them while eating, leading scientists to suspect that frogs use their eyes to help them swallow. This suspicion was finally confirmed in 2004, when the northern leopard frog was observed by scientists retracting its eyes while swallowing crickets, actually using them to help push the food toward its esophagus!

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