Surinam Toad

(Pipa pipa)

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IUCN Conservation Status
Least Concern (LC)


Muddy river bottoms in South America


Size: 4-8 inches; 3.5-5.6 ounces

Lifespan: 8 years


Crustaceans, small fish, worms, and other invertebrates

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Learn about how Frogs & Toads are considered "bioindicators"

Surinam toads do not have teeth or a tongue, so they use their webbed-like front feet to handle food and swallow their prey. Most commonly known for their interesting reproductive process, female Surinam toads carry eggs underneath their skin on their back, where they hatch and develop. After a few months, miniature toads pop out to begin life independently.

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