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New Frog Species has Fangs & Gives Birth to Tadpoles

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Hi, Frank Indiviglio here. I’m a herpetologist, zoologist, and book author, recently retired from a career spent at several zoos, aquariums, and museums, including over 20 years with the Bronx Zoo

While working at the Bronx Zoo, I had the good fortune to breed Kihansi Spray Toads – an endangered species that gives birth to fully-formed toadlets – and the amazing skin-brooding Surinam Toad. Yet these are but two examples of the amazing diversity of odd frog breeding strategies, none of which resemble what might be called “normal” frog behavior! Among the world’s 6,400+ frog species, we find tadpoles that eat bark, their mother’s eggs and even their father’s skin, along with parents that carry eggs or young in skin pouches, vocal sacs and even stomachs. None, however, were known to give birth to live tadpoles. As you’ll see below, a herpetologist’s extremely lucky catch, at just the right moment, changed that recently – one can only guess at what will come next! http://bit.ly/1w4wJ3Q

Please also check out my posts on Twitter http://bitly.com/JP27Nj and Facebook http://on.fb.me/KckP1m

My Bio, with photos of animals I’ve been lucky enough to work with: http://bitly.com/LC8Lbp

Best Regards, Frank

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I think the african bullfrog has fangs along with pacman frog.

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I think the african bullfrog has fangs along with pacman frog.

He mentions something like that in his post:

http://blogs.thatpetplace.com/thatreptileblog/2015/01/07/frog-facts-new-species-fangs-gives-birth-live-tadpoles/#.VLC6oWTF-QN

Though I am not sure if the teeth are long enough to be considered fangs for those two frog species?

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I think the african bullfrog has fangs along with pacman frog.

Hello,

Yes, both you mention have bony projections rising up from the lower jaw; not true teeth, just common usage; technically known as odontoid structures, best, Frank

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