Not Extinct

by Dave Schuler on July 15, 2011

The rainbow frog, last seen by European explorers 87 years ago, has been found and photographed for the first time:

Called the Sambas stream toad or Bornean rainbow toad, the elusive amphibian was last spotted by European explorers in 1924.

The toad has unusually long limbs and a pebbly back covered with bright red, green, yellow, and purple warts.

Like many other colorful amphibians, the toxic toad’s appearance is likely a warning to potential predators, said Robin Moore, an amphibian expert with Conservation International.

“You can see the skin is rough, which usually indicates the presence of poison glands,” Moore said.

“You probably don’t want to put this in your mouth.”

Putting it in my mouth was certainly my first reaction.

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