Just weeks after discovering a frog with fangs in Papua New Guinea, the World Wildlife Federation is reporting another 163 new species in southeast Asia, including another frog with fangs. This new frog, discovered in Thailand, apparently feeds on birds.
Also on the list of newly discovered species is the tiger-striped pitviper (Cryptelytrops honsonensis). It's a snake that's around a half meter long and yellow with a complex zig-zag pattern on its body. The new species include 100 plants, 14 amphibians, 18 reptiles, 28 fish, one bird, and two mammals. The report was mostly centered on how climate change is threatening the habitats of these species.
The fanged frog, though, is the highlight of the report. It's been classified as Limnonectes megastomias, and it's MO is to wait in Thailand's streams and attack when a bird comes near. The scientists also discovered that the males of the species use these fangs in combat, sometimes scarring or even dismembering their opponents. Looks like we may be seeing a global plague of frogs with fangs creeping up on us...
Fanged Frog and Other Bizarre Species Discovered [LiveScience]