It’s almost a cruelty to parade these dazzling living specimens of amphibians before us–a group that holds maybe a third place in color and form behind beetles and birds–because unless things change significantly in the climate change trends, habitat loss and other factors known and unknown that work today against this animal CLASS, they won’t be around to admire except in stunning pictures like these.
So go ahead. Browse through the 20 contestants and choose your favorite. Mine’s #16 here. Imagine walking past a roadside pond and seeing this plate-sized lily pad with EYES!
Yes, herpetologists are a sad lot these days. It’s not just the class Amphibia–the snakes and lizards have their own declines to deal with as well.
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