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Poison Frog With Eggs
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The Tricolor Poison Frog (Epipedobates tricolor) is an inhabitant of the rainforests of northwestern South America. In their reproductive process, females lay eggs on the damp forest floor. Males fertilize the eggs and guard them until they hatch. When they hatch, the male backs into the piles of tadpoles. The tadpoles squirm on the males back and use special glands around their mouths that produce a glue. The glands secrete the glue and attach the tadpoles onto the males back. The male finds an appropriate water source and crawls in. The glue holding the tadpoles to the adult's back is water soluble. The glue breaks down in the water and the tadpoles swim away. This individual was photographed at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, 2008.
June 12th, 2013
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