Mallorcan Midwife Toad

Mallorcan Midwife Toad

Scientific Name – Alytes muletensis

Classification – Alytidae

Baby Name – Tadpole

Collective Noun – Knot, lump, nest, or knob

Average Length – Males: Around 3.5 cm; Females: Around 3.8 cm

Life Expectancy – More than 10 years

Breeding Season – May

Incubation Period – 5 to 15 days

Metamorphosis Period – 3 to 5 weeks

Special Features – Head and legs are large in relation to the body; large eyes; golden-brown in color with many darker brown, green or black uneven patches; off-white underside; a black triangle appears between the eyes

Family Unit – Solitary creatures except during the breeding season; male’s exhibit parental care during breeding season as it carry strings of fertilized eggs on their hind legs  to protect them against predators and release the eggs into the water when they are ready to hatch

Geographical Distribution – Spain

World Population – Increasing

Conservation Status – Vulnerable

Natural Habitat – Streams in limestone caverns

Diet – Maggots, beetles, caterpillars, worms, snails, spiders, millipedes

Predators – Viperine snake