Desert camo frogs have always been an oddity, but now they’re the stuff of legend.
They are found in all sorts of places from deserts to oceans and even deserts to deserts.
They’ve even been spotted in the Pacific.
In fact, some have even been seen in the desert, such as in Australia, where the frogs have been spotted feeding on seaweed and jellyfish.
“We’ve found that it’s quite a common occurrence for them to be feeding in saltwater,” says Peter Hsu, a wildlife ecologist with the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection in New South Wales.
“They’re very opportunistic feeders and they’re very persistent.”
It’s not just desert animals that get desert camo.
In the past, there have been reports of frog magpies getting their own camouflage by wearing their feathers.
But now, with the desert frog becoming an increasingly popular habitat, Hsu says there’s a new breed of frog that’s adapted to camouflage.
“These frogs have a unique pattern that allows them to keep their camouflage as long as they’re in a particular habitat,” he says.
“This is something that’s unique to desert frogs, and they’ve evolved quite a bit to cope with that.”
“It’s very unique” Hsu explains.
Hsu points to the frog that was recently discovered in the Philippines. “
So they’re not quite like the other frogs that are not very good at breathing and they are quite hardy.”
Hsu points to the frog that was recently discovered in the Philippines.
“Its a very unusual frog, and it’s not really known to have been around before,” he said.
“But it’s a very, very unique frog, which means that they can keep their pattern for quite a long time.”
Desert frog habitat is now at an all-time high in the region.
Hsu notes that the frogs in the area are usually found in areas with high concentrations of vegetation, such in sandy beaches, rocky areas, and desert slopes.
“There are other frog species that have adapted to the high concentrations and they haven’t had that opportunity to develop their camouflage patterns,” he explains.
However, it’s important to note that not all desert frogs will be able to produce the camouflage patterns.
“The frogs that live in the mountains of New South and Central Queensland, for example, have adapted very well to living in the lowland environments of that region,” he explained.
HSU says the frogs that have survived in these areas have been able to use camouflage to survive, although they are still not well adapted to living underground.
“In terms of their camouflage, they are very good camouflage users,” he noted.
“And if you look at their behaviour, you’ll find that they’ll also be very good for hiding in the sand, or in the mud, or underneath rocks.”