by Matthew Cobb
Tw**ted by @phil_torres: this bizarre Peruvian toad. Full explanation, link and credit below the fold.
This photo was taken at a remote guard station in Peru by park ranger Yufani Olaya at Cerros de Amotape National Park. He gave us permission to write about the photo, but we’re waiting to hear back from him on more details about where exactly he found it, and how he thinks a ground-dwelling toad could have captured a bat.We’re unsure how common this is, but we do know that this is probably the first photographed record of a cane toad feeding on a bat. Cane toads are notoriously opportunistic feeders, and while they are native to South America this trait has made them infamously invasive in places like Australia.Without more information about this photo it can be difficult to guess how a ground-dwelling toad and a flying bat could ever cross paths, unless the bat had fallen.
My best guess? I have seen bats and toads use similar locations in the rainforest, just not at the same time. Both are known to use small holes along streamsides, so it’s possible this bat decided to roost in a hole that was inhabited by a hungry toad, which after some difficulty swallowing took a walk to get its photo taken by Olaya.Here in the Tambopata rainforest we often run across cane toads- but from now on we’ll keep an extra close eye out for what’s in their mouths.