Pebble Toad’s Rock & Roll Life (video too)

When confronted by a predator, some animals fight, others run while a few hide, hoping not to be noticed.


The pebble toad of Venezuela does something altogether different: it curls up like a ball and throws itself down the side of a mountain.

By doing so, the tiny creature bounces down the rocks just like a rubber ball.

This extraordinary tumbling behaviour has been filmed in slow motion by a BBC crew for the natural history programme Life.

The pebble toad (Oreophrynella niger) is tiny, measuring just a few centimetres long.

It lives on the top of a type of mountain known as a tepui, which occur across the Guiana Highlands in South America.

Read more: BBC; video

Kirtland Peterson

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