Saturday, April 30, 2011

Strange Male Frog that Broods 19 Babies in its Mouth

Imagine giving birth by having numerous babies squirming, kicking, tumbling and otherwise letting you know they are there... in your vocal sac. It makes nine months of normal pregnancy seem like a cakewalk! Even more amazing is the fact that it is only the males of the two species of Darwin's frog that undergo this 'pregnancy'.
They are the last known living mouth brooders after two female mouth brooder species became extinct shortly after they were discovered in Australia 20 years ago.
This bizarre form of parental care is unique. After the eggs hatch, the males take them into their mouth and down into the vocal sac where they continue to grow as tadpoles until they turn into froglets. The males can brood up to 19 tadpoles in their vocal sac, often giving the frogs the appearance of having things swimming inside them, as the video shows. The Environmentally Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) organization compares the look to Jabba the Hut from Star Wars!
Six to eight weeks afterwards, the tadpoles metamorphosize into miniature frogs and hop from dad's mouth. Why and how this unusual method of parental care and brooding came to be is badly understood, and the only other member of the animal kingdom that exhibits anything close is the seahorse, where the male carries the babies in a brood pouch.
The Darwin's frogs have two defense mechanisms: camouflage, wherein they look like a dead leaf, and playing dead, which you will see them do in the video above.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

10 Most Strange People With No Legs

The wrestler with only one leg who became a national champion
The football player with no legs who also became homecoming king
The little girl who had to use a basketball as her prosthetic body
The man with no legs who ran the New York City Marathon
The dancer with no legs who became India's Got Talent Star
The woman who raises 130 Children
The man who became a skateboarder
The photographer who takes pictures of people who stare at him
The man who climbed the Great Wall of China
The man who became an acrobat