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Clown Frog (Costa Rican Variable Harlequin Toad)

Clown frog or Costa Rican variable harlequin toad is a true toad belonging to the family Bufonidae, found in Costa Rica and Panama.

    Kingdom Animalia
    Phylum Chordata
    Class Amphibia
    Order Anura
    Family Bufonidae
    Genus Atelopus
    Scientific Name Atelopus varius

    Size 3 to 5 cm
    Color Black or brown outer surface covered with a combination of orange, blue, red, yellow, or green spots; white, orange, yellow, and/or red streaks on the underside
    Distribution Costa Rica, Panama
    Habitat Rocks or crevices along streams in moist lowland and montane forests
    Diet Mainly small arthropods
    Predators A parasitic fly which deposits its larvae on the surface of the thigh of the frog, then go on to  burrow inside the body of the frog and eat it from within
    Mode of Reproduction Oviparous (egg laying)
    Incubation Period Around 36 hours
    Average Lifespan Around 10 years in captivity
    IUCN Conservation Status Critically Endangered

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    Published on April 17th 2017 by under Frogs. Article was last reviewed on 30th September 2019.

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