Medicine & TechnologyCane toads are warty, poisonous amphibians that usually eat insects. However, they will also eat almost anything, such as reptiles, amphibians, and small mammals. With no natural predators, their number starts to explode.
Worst of all, the poison male frogs would turn to cannibal and eat all of the other clutches from their conquered territories. The condition is called "Infanticide," a not uncommon in the animal kingdom.
In the wild, camouflage and mimicry are powerful abilities that often mean the difference between life and death. But while merely hiding in the background may mean going unnoticed, being able to change one’s form can change odds of survival astronomically when it comes to predation. And though the ability to camouflage may be an uncommon attribute that most species can live without, one fingernail-sized frog in the Andes Mountains of Ecuador is revealing a far rarer ability—making it the first shape-shifting amphibian ever found.
Now, while conservation efforts have sought out to stop this practice that ruins tropical ecosystems, many have failed as national and international agencies refuse to step in unless something else causes a pressing concern. And in that hope, the forests of Indonesian island Sulawesi may soon find their deforestation coming to a close; all thanks to strange-breeding frog species.