Surinam Toad Life Cycle
Lifecycle of Surinam Toad: Weird but True
Frog is one amphibian that has a large number of species. Surinam toad is one weird species of frogs that is the flattest amphibian on our planet. It looks like a vehicle has run over it. But this is not the only weird thing about Surinam toad. There are some unique and interesting facts about the lifecycle and reproduction of Surinam toad that are amazing and mesmerize those who have a look the aspects of its life in the form of videos on the internet.
There are frog species where mother breeds eggs in her mouth and in some, even in her stomach. But in Surinam toad, hold your breath; the fertilized eggs get laid over the back of the mother where a layer of skin covers them. Eggs turn into tadpoles and then into small adults while this skin cover keeps them in place. In an amazing event, the babies emerge from the holes on the back of the mother. Imagine first laying eggs and then carrying them on her back till they become miniature toads.
If you think the lifecycle of Surinam toad is out of this world as eggs cling on to the back of the mother till they become adults, wait till you know about bot fly and how it emerges out of human body after becoming an adult. This is a fly that uses female mosquito as a vector and lays its eggs on its hind legs. The mosquito, when it bites human beings, accidentally drops the eggs on to the skin of the victim where they go inside the skin and breed, turning into larvae. When they complete this stage and become a fly, they make a hole in the skin and fly out of the body of the victim.
Surinam toads and bot fly are two amazing creatures that never cease to amaze us humans and if you have watched the back of Surinam toad full of holes in the skin of the mother toad, you know they lead to trypophobia or the fear of holes in our bodies. This is an irrational fear but patients of this disease, called trypophobe behave with trepidation when they see an object with holes inside.
The department of tourism of Surinam has come up with a unique advertisement that promotes tourism while at the same time cautioning the tourists against unprotected sex, displaying the back of a human being having holes in his back with small babies coming out of them. This may look crude to most of us as an attempt to terrorize tourists, but there are thousands of people out there who actually have this irrational fear of holes in their bodies, having read about bot fly and now this Surinam toad.
For all such people with trypophobia, it is advisable to consider the cases of Surinam toad and bot fly as weird but miracles of nature that have nothing to do with humans as the case of bot fly infesting human body parts are rare and not heard for many decades now.
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