Sapo Borracho

This post may be in next year’s OTS calendar!

The Mexican Burrowing Toad Rhinophrynus dorsalis is a bizarre, almost jelly-like anuran that specializes on ants and termites.  The Spanish common name (Sapo Borracho) is derived from the males’ odd, whiny call used to attract mates soon after the first rains.  They are explosive breeders, traveling to water in mass migrations to breed, while spending the majority of the year underground.  The pictured individual was captured during an amphibian survey being conducted at the OTS field station at Palo Verde National Park.

On the left, this toad has had it’s toe clipped for the mark-recapture study.



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