What looks like someone’s morbid idea of art using fresh roadkill is actually the Surinam toad (Pipa pipa). An inhabitant of turbid, muddy, and slow-moving water, the Surinam toad is highly adapted to an entirely aquatic existence. Powerful hind limbs aid swimming, sense organs along its sides detect vibrations in the muddy water, tentacle-like projections on its fingers feel for prey, and upward-pointing eyes see above the surface.
This toad exhibits unusual mating and breeding patterns: the male clasps the female from above, and the pair turns upside down repeatedly. The eggs are released, fertilized, and trapped in the space between the male’s belly and the female’s back. They are then absorbed into the skin on the female’s back, where they develop into capsules and emerge as miniature frogs.