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Parent Sacrifices

Agh! Sorry it’s been forever. I just moved back home from my dorm, and so I’ve been busy with finals, and packing, and school in general. I’m home now, and once I’ve got my summer schedule figured out, I’ll be all dandy again. For now, though:


Image courtesy of BBC News

These creatures look like worms, or maybe some sort of underground snake, but really, they’re not. They’re caecilians, which is actually a kind of amphibian. They are blind, though. Scientists have recently discovered that baby caecilian worms actually are nourished by eating the flesh from the tail of their mother. This practice is gross and incredibly creepy, much like the Surinam toad giving birth that I posted earlier. To prove my point, a video. (I promise some sort of cute chaser after this post to make up for all the grossness (especially for involving babies in the grossness)).

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Order: Gymnophiona


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best birth ever

I came across this toad, which was too horrifying/sweet to not post about [via Zooillogix].

Surinam Toad

Part of me wants to barf, the other part can’t look away. It’s like popping pimples, but instead of a disgusting gooey mess… baby frogs!

The eggs are not laid into the back, they are deposited on the back of the mother and her skin grows around them. They live in northern South America, and even despite the whole back-brooding capability, they are a freaky looking animal, at least to me, who’s grown up around wood frogs and leopard frogs. They also use their feet to sweep food into their mouth, having no tongue or teeth.

Picture source Sedgwick County Zoo

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Chordata
Class: Amphibia
Subclass: Lissamphibia
Superorder: Batrachia
Order: Anura
Family: Pipidae
Subfamily: Pipinae
Genus: Pipa
Species: Pipa Pipa

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