Animals/ Pets Black rain frog: The bizarre, grumpy-faced amphibian that’s terrible at jumping and swimming By Kevin A. Bond Posted on September 8, 2023 Leave a Comment on Black rain frog: The bizarre, grumpy-faced amphibian that’s terrible at jumping and swimming The cute puffed frog can only be found on the slopes of forest in the South Cape mountain range located in South Africa and spends most of its time underground. Description: Black rain frog ( Breviceps fuscus) Where it is located: The forested slopes of the southern Cape Fold Mountains, South Africa What it consumes: Small insects What makes it so unique to me is moving over the grumpy cat and saying hello to the gruff Frog. Besides being a well-known meme, black rain frogs possess numerous peculiarities that make them exciting critters. To begin, unlike the other frogs, their chubby, round bodies and long, slim legs make them a disaster in jumping and swimming. However, they are exceptionally adept at burrowing and spend significant time in the ground. “They dig backwards into the ground using their hind feet, which have specialized digging tubercles,” Jeanne Tarrant, director of the Threatened Amphibian Program within the Endangered Wildlife Trust, told Live Science. They push the soil with their hindlimbs, causing it to rotate until they “disappear below the surface slowly,” she added. After that, they construct tunnels, forming an intricate underground system where females lay eggs. It has led some to think they don’t possess a tadpole stage. However, they do. It occurs underground, sloshing across the earth instead of swimming in the water, and emerges from burrows as Froglets. Above the ground, rain frogs, black -that are 1.6 up to two inches (4 to 5 centimeters) long — can run or walk instead of leap: “Their legs are very short, and their bodies round,” Tarrant explained. “They will inflate their round bodies as a predation defense… They do this basically by inflating with air.” She said that frogs also make an oily substance that is somewhat poisonous to predators, Although they might appear unhappy and have the sound of a high-pitched screech with their angry looks, we think the black rain frogs are cute, especially when the tiny bumps that line their bodies can make them look similar to a small avocado.