A recent expedition in Bolivia has added two new friends to our repertoire of spooky animals! Say hello to the 'robber frog' and to the mutant bat with a freakishly long tongue!
The 'robber frog' was first seen during the 18-month 'Identidad Madidi' expedition that began last June in Bolivia's Madidi National Park. This expedition aims to uncover the unknown species that live in the Andes mountains, the Amazonian forests, and the grasslands of northern Bolivia.
How exciting to have proof that there are many undocumented creepy crawlers out there!
The robber frog decided to make his presence known when he hopped into an expedition crew member's hand. Was it an attempted attack or a friendly hello?
The nectar bat (Anoura fistulata) with a ridiculously long tongue was observed for the first time in the park! This bat was first documented in Ecuador ten years ago and described as having the longest tongue-relative-to-body-size of any mammal. Can you believe this bat can stretch its tongue nearly 3.4 inches to reach into the deepest flowers?! That makes the tongue nearly one and a half times the size of the bat's body and it makes the tongue the longest of any other mammal.