Tuesday, 14 March 2023



Well it is a wet Tuesday here in Newie and it is of course creature day and this week we have the Emei Moustache Toad,

it is endemic to China and They are found in Sichuan, Guizhou, and Hunan. They are rare species, and have nearly disappeared from Emei Shan. They live in forests, grassland, arable land, and rural gardens near rivers.

The mating season is a macho affair during February and March each year. The males sprout 10-16 spines on their top lip and migrate from the forest to swift flowing rivers to breed. They compete for territory and females by head-butting each other's bellies, often causing punture wounds. When mating is done and the eggs have spawned, the spines fall out and the fighters return to the forest.

In the frog world males that grow larger then the females as is the case with this toad ard known to be aggressive but in 90% of frog species females are the larger ones.


  1. Spikes on the lip, used to head-butt an opponents belly. Can't help but be glad we don't do that...

  2. Oh my goodness I did not know they could be that aggressive. Interesting.

  3. I never would have thought that about frogs!

  4. CHris......I know, right

    Sandie......Me either

    Katie......Same here


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