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The Surinam toad is one of the world’s flattest amphibian and its unusual shape helps hide it among the leaves and plant debris in the streams they inhabit. They are an aquatic species that lives in slow flowing water sources and seldom venture onto land, where they move awkwardly.
These frogs have large, flipper-like hind feet and on its front limbs, "fingers" have little star-shaped appendages that help them find food. They use these long, sensitive fingers to search for food on the bottoms of ponds. With flattened, outstretched bodies, they also wait patiently for victims to come close and use their forelimbs to quickly stuff the food into their mouths or use their large mouths to suck them in.
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The Surinam toad has a unique reproductive process. After the female lays the eggs the male attaches them to her back where they stick possibly due to a cloacal secretion. They do not stick to the male's belly or to other eggs already on the female's back. The eggs stick to her skin, which grows to form pockets over them, giving her a honeycomb appearance. The tadpoles develop within these pockets and emerge as toadlets after about 20 weeks.
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