Mother Nature is pretty incredible when it comes to variety. There are millions, perhaps billions of different plants and animals that are all so unique and beautiful and fascinating. The black rain frog isn’t necessarily beautiful — in fact, it’s probably the grumpiest animal you’ll ever see — but despite the permanent frown on its face, it manages to be super cute.
- Black rain frogs are common in South Africa. Known as the species Brevicipitidae, these little babies mostly live on land rather than in water even though they are technically frogs. They tend to live in fallen leaves, soil, or even in trees sometimes. They do like to be near water, however, as it keeps the soil or leaves they live in wet.
- If you didn’t know better, you’d almost think it was a toad. Black rain frogs have bumpy, rough skin which makes them seem more like toads than frogs. Females tend to be a lot bitter than males, which is pretty cool too.
- Black rain frogs are kinda nocturnal. They spend most of the day burrowed inside sand where it’s wet and cool. However, when nighttime comes, out they come to feed and mate.
- There are no black rain frog tadpoles. One of the cool things about the species is that they go directly from egg to froglet. That means they bypass the tadpole phase altogether and come out as tiny, mini grumpsters. As if they couldn’t get more adorable.
- No, they’re not really that fat. While they tend to look super round and a bit hefty, that’s actually a cool built-in security feature they possess. When the frogs feel threatened, they puff themselves up with air to make themselves look bigger and more intimidating. Sounds like a lot of guys I’ve dated (zing!).
- Bottom line? They’re the best. What else is there to be said?