Today is the second day of April’s A to Z Challenge. I will be writing about different frog species based on their latin species names! See the introduction here:
Hypsiboas boans -Gladiator Tree Frog
These tree frogs are very large and may also be known as the Giant Tree Frog, as they can range up to 4.5″ in length!
Upon hearing the males mating call, the female H. Boans tree frogs will approach the male and inspect his nest area. The females are said to be very picky and usually will reject the male ~ 50% of the time.
These tree frogs possess a sharp bony structure called a prepollex spine that grows from their wrist and is located near their thumbs. This bone is covered in skin, except the tip is exposed. During mating, the males are very aggressive and will often charge with their exposed spine trying to cut or stab the opponent male in the eyes or eardrums. Hence the name Gladiator Tree frogs.
Pretty cool frogs! Hope you enjoyed Letter B. Stay tuned for letter C!
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