Bizarre Sighting: Cane Toad Eating a Bat?

By Douglas Main, Staff Writer | September 24, 2013 05:52pm ET



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A cane toad with a bat in its mouth in Peru's Cerros de Amotape National Park.
A cane toad with a bat in its mouth in Peru's Cerros de Amotape National Park.

external image PinExt.pngA cane toad with a bat in its mouth in Peru's Cerros de Amotape National Park. Credit: Yufani Olaya via
What's the matter, bat got your tongue?
A park ranger in northwest Peru got a surprise when he encountered a toad with something in its mouth. This something happened to be a bat.
Ranger Yufani Olaya snapped in the Cerros de Amotape National Park, where he works. Olaya shared the photograph with biologist Phil Torres, who works at the Tambopata Research Center, a scientific outpost in the Peruvian Amazon. This is probably the first photographed record of a cane toad eating a bat, Torres said.

a glassfrog still carrying its spawn

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Amphibians include frogs, salamanders and caecilians. A typical amphibian has a larval stage spent in water during which it breathes through gills, and an adult stage that is less tied to water when they rely on lungs. However, there are some species that skip the tadpole stage and others that keep their gills throughout their life.

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Frogs and toads
Frogs and toads are the most diverse and widespread of the three amphibian orders. Unlike the other amphibians, adult frogs and toads have no tails but they do have many adaptations to jumping, for example long hind legs, elongated ankle bones and a short vertebral column. Many frogs contain mild toxins, but some, such as the poison dart frogs

Australasian tree frogs

Australasian tree frogs are found in Australia, New Guinea and the surrounding islands. The number of species is currently believed to be around 150, however, this estimate is continually growing as new species are discovered. There is enormous variation in the colour, size, behaviour and habitat of these tree frogs. For example, some species are almost incapable of climbing, yet others rarely leave the trees.
Scientific name: Litoria
Rank: [[/nature/genus|Genus]]


Frog diversity maintained speaks to their ability to adapt and survive changes caused by man. Any decline in the 5500+ species around the world is proof of man's destruction of the frog's habitat.














Poison dart frogs

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Poison dart frogs

Poison dart frogs are so named because their poisonous secretions have been used by Amerindian tribes to poison blow darts for hunting. Only three species are dangerous to humans. One of those - the golden poison frog - is considered the most toxic vertebrate on Earth. The beautifully bright colours and patterns of these frogs are a warning to potential predators that they don't make good eating. There could be over 175 species in this family of amphibians, all found in the rainforests of Central and South America. Many species of poison dart frogs are classified as critically endangered.Did you know? The golden poison frog is considered the most toxic vertebrate on Earth.
Scientific name: Dendrobatidae
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Common names:

  • Dart-poison frogs,
  • Poison arrow frogs,
  • Poison frogs