V is for Venezuelan Pebble Toad
This is rather an endearing little toad, photographed by Gérard Vigo – one of the differences between frogs and toads is that toads do not have such long, strong, back legs as frogs, and move by small hops or walking.
This little toad has found a way to escape from its predators (mainly the toad-eating tarantula) without having the ability to jump clear.
Here is my poem, which explains:
To the Venezuelan
its stony road,
the fierce tarantula
would not make a
so it tucks its limbs
to pebble shape
and jumps off cliffs
for quick escape –
it is so tiny,
weighs not much,
is but a touch,
despite its bumpy
it bounces back
like a rubber ball!
The toad also clenches its muscles so that it is more likely to protect them.
This film appears on the BBC website.
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