Meet the Four-Eyed Frog

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Pleurodema thaul © 2014 Danté Fenolio / http://www.anotheca.com

“You’ve got something on your butt. . .my eyes!”

WORST PICK UP LINE EVER, but amazing group of frogs.

The genus Pleurodema contains 15 species and is within the family Leptodactylidae and subfamily Leiuperinae. These so-called four-eyed frogs live in South America and possess a pair of inguinal poison glands that resemble eyes.

What is the purpose of having poison “eyes” on your bum? First of all, why not? I would do it if I could. Seriously…..

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Pleurodema thaul © 2014 Danté Fenolio / http://www.anotheca.com

More importantly, we look to the behavior to answer this question. When the animal is threatened it raises its rear (which then appears like the head with eyes and whatnot!) and if the predator attacks it will get a taste of some poison. The damage from the attack will be mitigated and as we all know it is easier to deal with a bite to your hindquarters than the face.
Check out these frogs calling below:

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Meet the Giant Oarfish

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Picture credit: kalambo
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Warning: you might want to quit your job immediately to go out and find a giant oarfish (Regalecus glesne).

This fish is beyond huge and crazy looking. Also, these guys are thought to predict earthquakes. Please sit down in case you faint from this dose of amazing.


Video Credit: Mark C. Benfield

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Meet the Marsupial Lion

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Thylacoleo carnifex was a marsupial lion with weird teeth that was tearing up Australia from the late Pliocene to the late Pleistocene.

Here is a rendering of a cave drawing which is probably the worst cave drawing of all time:

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This is so bad that initially I assumed it was a cave drawing BY a marsupial lion.

Anyway, check out this National Geographic video to learn more:

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Meet the Venezuelan Pebble Toad

Venezuela-pebble-toadJust like a telenovela this little toad brings the drama for days. The Venezuelan pebble toad (Oreophyrnella nigra) hangs out in the tepuis of the Guiana highlands. These toads use their cryptic skin appearance among the rocks to avoid predators and if that doesn’t work they call roll up and make like a bouncy ball down the rocks. See you later predators.

ARKive video - Venezuela pebble toad defence mechanism - rolls in ball and bounces down rock face

Check out this video with herpetologist, Bruce Means talking about pebble toad DNA, sharing his discovery excitement (plus you can see some tepuis).

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Meet the Whale Shark

Whale Shark, Georgia Aquarium (Photo by Zac Wolf; Cropping by Stefan; CC BY-SA 2.5 Generic)

The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is hands-down one of my favorite creatures (I have a pair of whale shark shoes!!) and this slow-moving filter feeder is nothing short of glorious. Words cannot do justice to the simple beauty of this fish. Please take the time to watch this incredible video.


Video from BBC’s Planet Earth

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