New York , NY
Pratts Rocket Frog With Young
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Pratt's Rocket Frog (Colostethus pratti) exhibits behavior typical of frogs in the family Dendrobatidae. Adults lay eggs on the land. Egg deposition sites include dead leaves on the forest floor or live leaves of the bromeliad plant. One or both parents attend the eggs as they develop. When they hatch, one of the adults will back into the piles of tadpoles. The tadpoles squirm on the adult's back and use special glands around their mouths that produce a glue. The glands secrete the glue and attach the tadpoles onto the adult's back. The adult 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 frog was photographed in 2008 in the Atlanta Botanical Garden's amphibian conservation laboratory.
June 12th, 2013
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