R is for Rainbow Frog
The rainbow frog, rainbow burrowing frog or painted burrowing frog lives in dry forests and canyons in Madagascar.
It is unusual because it has two adaptations for completely differing lifestyles. On its hind feet it has horny projections that help it burrow in the mud – where it spend up to ten months of the year, eating insects underground.
But when it is flash flood season it has claws on its forefeet which give it the ability to climb the sheer, stone canyon walls to hide in little openings so it doesn’t drown.
There are quite a few of these little frogs where they live, but there are several types of threat to them, one of which is collection for the pet trade – thousands are collected every year.
They are classified as Endangered by the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species.
Here is a quick poem:
fire red, cool green,
in black and cream,
climbs sheer stone
to hide from flood,
lives mainly burrowed
and to the insects
is renowned -
the only rainbow
Please note – all poems in this blog are written in a few minutes on the day, and are not the same quality as those in my book!
If you’d like to read about the Rainbow frog you can do so here: Wikipedia.
If you are interested in the IUCN Red List for Threatened Species, you can read about them here: IUCN.
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