There is a creature out there known as the horror frog and also the Wolverine frog. This animals formal name is Trichobatrachus Robusutus or the hairy frog. This type of frog is from Central America and is part of the “squeakers” family of frogs. They are known as squeakers because of their high-pitched calls. Their hair-like components of the breeding males body and thighs are where their common name comes from.
The hairy frog is only about 11 centimeters long. They have a bighead and is more wide than it is tall. Their snout is short and round in shape. The female frog is quite a bit smaller than the male frog. The hairlike projections have arteries among them and are used to increase surface for oxygen absorption. This is useful when the male remains with his eggs for a long time after they are laid by the female in a body of water.
The frog lives mostly on the land but they do wander to the water to breed. Rocks in streams are where the egg masses are laid. Tadpoles of this species have a lot of muscle and are meat eaters. They have many rows of teeth that are horn shaped. The adult frogs eat slugs, spiders, beetles and grasshoppers.
The Wolverine Frog is also known for having claws that are able to retract, but these claws are made of bone. They may stick out through the skin, this is because they intentionally break their toe bones. This is a defense mechanism for the frogs. The claws also retract while the tissue that was damages is regained.
The hairy frog can be found in Democratic Repulic of the Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Cameroon, Gabon, Angola, and Nigeria. They live in subtropical and tropical wet lowland forests, arable land, rivers, plantations and heavily damaged forests. They are not endangered but they are threatened by the loss of their habitat.
In Cameroon these frogs are cooked and eaten by the people. Long spears and machetes are used to hunt them. Bakossi people once had the belief that the frogs fell right from the sky and when they were eaten they were said the help sterile couples become fertile.