Golden toads mating

Golden toads mating

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Credit: GREGORY DIMIJIAN/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Golden toads (Bufo periglenes) mating. The golden or Monteverde toad has a restricted range in the Cordillera de Tilaran mountains in northern Costa Rica. This habitat is protected as the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. Here, a male toad (orange) is seen in amplexus (mating embrace) with a female (black, yellow and orange blotches). After mating, the female will lay between 200 and 400 eggs in a pool. Golden toads range in size from 40 to 55 centimetres long.

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Keywords: american, amphibian, amplexus, animal, behaviour, bufo periglenes, central america, costa rica, golden toad, mating, nature, rainforest, reproduction, reproductive, rican, sex, sexual, toads, tropical, wildlife, zoology

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