They might look like aliens, but they’re real and have been photographed. This is a list of the weirdest reptiles and amphibians from Ecuador
- Helmeted Brooding-Frog (Hemiphractus scutatus).
- The yellow-headed thread snake
- The Amazon Horned-Frog
- Northern Eyelash-Boa (Trachyboa boulengeri)
- Pinocchio Anole (Anolis proboscis)
- The Yellow-blotched Glassfrog (Hyalinobatrachium aureoguttatum)
- A Surinam Toad (Pipa Pipa)
- Matamata (Chelus fimbriatus)
Helmeted Brooding-Frog (Hemiphractus scutatus).
It lives hidden in the leaf litter of the Amazon rainforest, and females attach their eggs to their backs to carry them. Once they’ve hatched as small models of adults, there are no tadpoles like weirdest amphibians.
The yellow-headed thread snake
It is a very small creature and often mistaken for an earthworm due to its similarities. However, unlike earthworms, it has a spine and skull, thats one of weirdest amphibians
The Amazon Horned-Frog
This animal known for its mouth that makes up about half of its entire body. It’s because they eat almost everything that moves in front of them including rodents and snakes!
Northern Eyelash-Boa (Trachyboa boulengeri)
It looks like a little dragon, moves like a slug, is completely harmless and feeds on fish and tadpoles. It does this by hugging them and swallowing them whole.
Pinocchio Anole (Anolis proboscis)
One of Ecuador’s most endangered reptile species. Thought to be extinct for nearly 50 years, they are still rarely seen after being “rediscovered” in 2005. It’s only restricted to the 500 km2 around Mindo in Ecuador. The males have a long appendage on their head for communicating with others of their species.
The Yellow-blotched Glassfrog (Hyalinobatrachium aureoguttatum)
This is the most see-through amphibian in the world. The heart, lungs, intestines, bones and vascular system can be seen very clearly by looking at them.
A Surinam Toad (Pipa Pipa)
They are remarkably flat, look like leaves and spend their time living among leaf litter in ponds of the Amazon rainforest. The female will carry her eggs embedded in the skin of her back.
Caecilians are legless amphibians that stay mostly underground, but come to the surface during heavy storms. They are actually harmless despite their appearance. These foxes can help get rid of your garden pests! They love eating earthworms, larvae and even mice!
Matamata (Chelus fimbriatus)
Yes, that’s a turtle and the snorkel between its eyes is its nose. This heavily camouflaged species lives among leaf litter and muddy ponds in the Amazon rainforest