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Black Rain Frogs Sound Like Squeaky Toys And Look Like Angry Avocados

Amy Pilkington

When it comes to frogs and toads, we have a number of assumptions. Many people think toads give you warts, which is a myth. Others say that you can tell them apart because toads are terrestrial and frogs are aquatic.

Which is mostly true, but there are always exceptions. African rain frogs are one of those exceptions.

Though they are classified as frogs, Brevicipitidae are mostly terrestrial, living in African soil or fallen leaves.

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Some have even been known to spend quite a lot of time in trees.

Their skin can also sometimes have a rougher, bumpy texture more commonly seen in toads.

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But I'm burying the lede here, because rain frogs are adorable.

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Seriously, the best description I read of them was that the black ones look like avocados that are very angry.

And now I can't unsee it.

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While they live in soil and sand, their coastal habitats in Africa are commonly covered in sea fog, which makes the sand moist for them.

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They spend most of the day burrowed in the cool, wet sand, coming out at night to eat and breed.

Unlike most frog species, these guys don't have a tadpole stage of development. They just go from eggs to tiny baby frogs.

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They aren't always so round, either. Though, they are naturally on the chonkier side.

When they are annoyed or threatened, they fill themselves with air, puffing up to appear larger. Then they yell at their antagonist...with a less than fearsome roar.

You're going to want the sound on for this video, because it sounds like a squeaky toy. How much like a squeaky toy? Well, my dog went crazy when I played the video, so how's that for evidence?

h/t: Mother Nature Netork

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