Kihansi Spray Toad

The kihansi spray toad is a small, yellowish species of extremely rare toads that are no more found in the wild. Only a very little population exists under captive breeding conditions.

Scientific Name Nectophrynoides asperginis

Classification – Nectophrynoides

Gender Names – Male – male; Female – female; Baby – tadpole

Collective Noun – Knot

Length/Size – males up to 1.9 cm (0.75 in) while females up to 2.9 cm (1.1 in)

Life Expectancy – Unknown (maximum age recorded 3 years in captivity)

Mating Season  Summer

Special Features  The skin in the abdomen is translucent and hence developing offspring can often be seen inside the pregnant females; feigns death or eject out water from bladder if disturbed

Geographical Distribution – Kihansi River waterfall in Tanzania

Natural Habitat – Wetlands with dense, grassy vegetation

World Population – About 2,000 (as of 2013)

Conservation Status – Extinct in the Wild (IUCN 3.1)

Diet – Insects, fly, larvae, mites, springtails