lizbrownlee – poet

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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.

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.

If you’d like to blog hop to another A-Z Challenge blog post, click here: A-Z Challenge.

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  1. I had no idea these existed! What a cool creature!

    P.S. — My son just learned to say “dog” by looking at the picture in your sidebar of Lola! Previously, he would call all dogs “Nash”, the name of our dog. So thanks to you and Lola!


    • Wow! That is so cool! Lola and I are thrilled! What is your son’s name? Or do you prefer to keep it private – couldn’t see on your blog. I’d like to put that in Lola’s achievements if it’s ok with you!


  2. Liz

    Liz – you have no need to apologize for the quality of your quick poems! And as always, the info is great.


  3. I’ve seen lots of storks in Egypt. Apparently its on their migration route. Love the poem.


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