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Malagasy painted toad. The Malagasy painted toad (Scaphiophryne gottlebei) inhabits dry, hilly regions in southern Madagascar. It tends to burrow into the earth to escape the heat of the day. It mainly eats insects. These toads inhabit areas where rain is very scarce, but when it does occur it is heavy, and causes localised flooding. Eggs are laid in the temporary pools created in these downpours. It is a poor swimmer, and uses its long toes to grasp foliage and twigs to prevent itself drowning. It is a small toad, and reaches a length of only 3.5 centimetres.
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