Yet, this nocturnal amphibian demonstrates how it survives with both stillness and speed in this sound effect-filled BBC Earth video, a tense then potentially giggle-inducing clip from Eden: Untamed Planet.
On the desert rain frog’s menu: Up to 100 termites from an unlucky termite colony in the dune grass.
More about the desert rain frog from IUCN Redlist (pdf):
“Interestingly, this frog is fossorial which means it has adapted to burrowing and underground living, without water, burying itself in sand dunes vegetated with low vegetation.
“Although a locally common species, the overall population of the Desert Rain Frog is in decline due to the loss of the quality and extent of its habitat. This is mainly as a result of coastal opencast diamond mining, but also from the development of roads, increasing pressure from human settlement and land-use changes (e.g., grazing by livestock).
“Currently there are no known conservation measures in place for this intriguing looking amphibian.”
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