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Suriname Toad (Pipa pipa)

Suriname Toad


Common Name: Suriname Toad
Scientific Name: Pipa pipa
Family: Pipidae – Tongueless Frog family
Location: Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela
Size: 4 – 8 inches (10 – 20 cm)

The Suriname Toad is a fully aquatic frog species from South America. They like to hide on the bottom of ponds and streams by looking like dead leaves. They are from the family Pipidae – the tongueless frogs so they don’t have tongues. The males don’t have mating calls but can make clicking noises to signal they want to mate. They can live up to eight years.

photo by Alisha

Once the female selects a mate, the male hugs the female around the waist in inguinal amplexus. The female releases between 60 – 100 eggs during the mating. The male will push the eggs into the female’s back and the skin of the female encloses the eggs. The eggs will stay there for three to four months before hatching. Once the frogs emerge from the eggs, they pop out the female’s back.


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