Female Suriname Toads Incubate Their Young In The Skin Of Their Backs

Everyone has heard the saying of someone or something, “getting under my skin,” but for one species of frog it is all too real.

Meet a creature that makes the backaches, stretch marks, and general discomfort of human pregnancy look like a day at the beach.

The Suriname toads live in streams and rivers throughout South America. Unlike other toads, it is completely flat and resembles a leaf. The female Suriname toads incubate their young in the skin of their backs. Yes, you read that correctly.

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The eggs will incubate for up to 2 weeks, during this time they will develop until tadpoles and then eventually to fully developed toads. According to Wildscreen Arkive, the mother toad gives birth when the babies — which generally number between sixty and one hundred — burst through her skin.

Screen Shot: YouTube/Nat Geo Wild

IFL Science explains that the male toad rolls fertilized eggs into pre-existing holes in the female’s back. Skin then grows over the eggs to protect them, and the young emerge as fully formed toadlets four months later.

Screen Shot: YouTube/Nat Geo Wild

For those with trypophobia, a fear of of irregular patterns or clusters of small holes or bumps, you may want to look away. For the genuinely curious, this is something you have to see to believe!

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