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Monday, 22 November 2010

UNKENREFLEX YELLOW BELLIED TOAD


BOMBINA VARIEGATA

The unken reflex is a passive defense posture adopted by toads, frogs and salamanders. When threatened by predators, they twist their bodies, or arch their backs and limbs to expose brightly-colored aposematic skin. The normally-concealed red, yellow, white and black patterns on the underbelly, inner surfaces of the limbs or underside of the tail serve as a visual warning to predators. To reinforce the warning, unken reflex is sometimes accompanied by toxic and malodorous secretions from glands in the skin. This is the case with the Rough-skinned Newt, who releases the toxin tetrodotoxin while engaging in the unkenreflex. Wikipedia.

2 comments:

Soraia said...

I like it :D

Yes, it's the Atlantic Ocean :P

Country Mouse Studio said...

I didn't know that, very interesting