Surinam toads of the family Pipidae have a broad, flat shape and leaf-like appearance, but who cares about that…? They embed fertilized eggs in the mother’s back from whence the babies emerge! Adorable? Horrifying? What was your reaction to the movie Alien?

Damn… it looks like Pharyngula beat us to the punch. Whatevs… Surinam Toad stays.


  1. #1 NPD
    April 11, 2008

    Adorable? Horrifying?


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    April 11, 2008

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  3. #3 Zelly
    April 13, 2008

    Barf……Somehow, as a woman, the idea of giving birth through tons of holes in my back…..barf.

  4. #4 David Marjanovi?
    April 13, 2008

    Not really holes in the back. The whole thing takes place in the skin. The eggs are put on the back, and the skin grows around them.

  5. #5 Jenbug
    April 13, 2008


    This is just like a dream I had once! Only it was ME giving birth through holes in my back!


  6. #6 synapse
    April 14, 2008

    Wow! They’re so big when they come out!

  7. #7 Agatha
    April 14, 2008

    …How..cute? Uhm…

    …*Barfs a little bit*

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