It's so weird and wacky looking that it's kind of adorable. The Shovelnose frog, which hails from sub-Saharan Africa, has the face of a bitter old man whose neighbor's kids won't stay out of his azaelas, the body of a potato and spots. If that's not intriguing, what is? The frog isn't a poisonous variety, but when it's under stress it can secrete a toxic substance that's not very pleasant.
Shovel-nosed frogs even sound as sad as they look. They're kind of like pugs and similar dogs that just look so sad that you have to pick them up and snuggle them. Just don't do that with this frog. Yes, they are sometimes kept as pets.
You're not likely to see a shovel-nosed frog very often, since it lives most of its life underground, burrowing and mating. The female frog stays with her eggs and burrows them to a water source when they become tadpoles.
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