Spotted Shovelnose Frog (Hemisus guttatus), South Africa
* THIS… motherfucker… right here. Unlike most groups of burrowing frogs, the “shovelnose” or “snout burrowers”, genus Hemisus, will bury themselves face first into the soil. Mating occurs, and eggs are kept in a moist chamber underground. The female guards them until the tadpoles hatch, and then digs a tunnel to a nearby water body for the tadpoles to live in.
photo: © de Villiers, A.L. (Atlas and Red Data of the Frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland)

Spotted Shovelnose Frog (Hemisus guttatus), South Africa

* THIS… motherfucker… right here. Unlike most groups of burrowing frogs, the “shovelnose” or “snout burrowers”, genus Hemisus, will bury themselves face first into the soil. Mating occurs, and eggs are kept in a moist chamber underground. The female guards them until the tadpoles hatch, and then digs a tunnel to a nearby water body for the tadpoles to live in.

photo: © de Villiers, A.L. (Atlas and Red Data of the Frogs of South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland)

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