A very cryptic frog

From a tw**t by J. Rowley (h/t: Matthew Cobb), we have a very cryptic frog; the caption is “From #Moss to #Frog in a single move. It’s no wonder this species is called the Vietnam Moss Frog (Theloderma corticale)!” Actually, it’s called the “mossy frog”, is semiaquatic, and lives in the primary evergreen forests of Southeast Asia.

To enhance the crypsis, they curl up in a ball, like the one on the left, to hide their froggyness:c04gcijuqaao0ii

A photo from Wikipedia (go to this page to see a lot more):

zsl_london_-_vietnamese_mossy_frog_01

And from WildFacts:

vietnamese_mossy_frog2

And here’s a short video:

17 Comments

  1. Posted December 30, 2016 at 12:59 pm | Permalink

    Are you sure that is not a chia pet?

  2. cruzrad
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

    Cool.

  3. loren russell
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    Even the eyes are mossy!

  4. Christopher
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    “It looks a like a barnacle, it looks like a piece of moss.”

    uh, what?

  5. ploubere
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    Even the eyes.

  6. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 2:39 pm | Permalink

    I like how the demonstrator slipped in a little evolution by natural selection.

  7. Marilee Lovit
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 3:10 pm | Permalink

    The brown-orange dots look like the apothecia of some lichens.

    • Mark R.
      Posted December 30, 2016 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

      I had to look up apothecia, but when I saw it, I knew exactly what it was; there’s a name for everything I tell ya. And you’re right, those orange dots do look similar.

  8. Darren Garrison
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 3:15 pm | Permalink

    This settles it–from now on I’m going to have to assume that every random rock, twig, or patch of moss I walk past is a disguised animal until proven otherwise.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:22 pm | Permalink

      Only a problem if they try to eat you.

      😉

      cr

  9. rickflick
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Another great disguise.

  10. barn owl
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

    Looking at the first photo, for a moment I though the frog was a crafts project kit that one could buy in a Michaels or Jo-Ann store.

    • barn owl
      Posted December 30, 2016 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

      though >> thought

    • Christopher
      Posted December 30, 2016 at 4:52 pm | Permalink

      Well they probably wouldn’t sell it at Hobby Lobby, maybe a Jesus Lizard kit…

      • barn owl
        Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

        Can’t remember the last time I set foot in a Hobby Lobby – even though there’s a big one on the way home from work. I imagine that the music piped throughout the store is particularly odious this time of year.

        Maybe Hobby Lobby makes kits to stock the gift shop at the Creation Museum! o.O

  11. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted December 30, 2016 at 5:26 pm | Permalink

    I, for one, welcome our new Special Forces Frog Overlords!

    • Mark R.
      Posted December 30, 2016 at 6:34 pm | Permalink

      HA!


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