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Ornate horned frog, Ceratophrys ornata Clyde Peeling's Reptiland

Ornate horned frog, Ceratophrys ornata

Clyde Peeling's Reptiland


One of the remarkable animals Darwin found and sent back to England was the ornate horned frog (Ceratophrys ornata). This pillow-shaped frog has been called a "mouth on legs." It buries itself in leaves or loose soil and lies in wait, ready to gulp down whatever walks by--even animals larger than itself. The ornate horned frog lives in eastern Brazil and Argentina; similar, related frogs live in neighboring areas.