Venezuelan Pebble Toad
(image via: Paulo Fassina)
Native to the rugged Guyana Highlands in South America, Venezuelan Pebble Toads (Oreophrynella nigra) are notable for the unique strategy they employs to escape their main predators: tarantulas. Kudos to Flickr user Paulo Fassina for getting really up close & personal with the Venezuelan Pebble Toad above.
As can be seen with breathtaking drama at Arkive, these minuscule (2.5 cm or about an inch long) toads tuck in their legs, curl up tightly and roll downhill to presumed safety… presumed because there might just be another hungry tarantula waiting at the bottom of the hill.
Crested Forest Toad
(images via: SA Reptiles)
Looking like it’s channeling a prehistoric Dimetrodon or perhaps the poison-spitting dinosaur from Jurassic Park, the Crested Forest Toad above hails from Peru’s eastern Amazonian rainforest. It’s not known what purpose the twin crests serve this formidably frilled critter but if looks could kill, it’s certain they’d never go hungry (or get eaten).