Surinam Toad Give Birth Through its Skin

By Anupum Pant

In the tropical rainforest waters of South America live a variety of toads called the Surinam toads (pipa pipa). The way their females give birth is pretty weird, almost as much as the frog we saw a couple of days ago.

During the mating season these toads find mates and the female lays about a hundred eggs. The male catches these eggs, fertilizes them and puts them on the back of the female. The eggs go under the skin through the tiny holes on the back of the female toad. As them go in, a protective layer of skin grows on top. When the eggs get hatched the young ones start punching up to break the protective layers and literally come out of the skin of their mother.

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