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Can YOU spot the frog? Amphibian uses its camouflage to hide from predators in the Amazon

04/09/2018 Daily Mail - Julian Robinson

The rare Amazon horned frog proved difficult to locate and capture on camera thanks to patterns on its skin

Hide and seek: Amazon horned frogs use the patterns on their skin to conceal themselves among leaves - but can you see the amphibian in this photo? Photo: Daily Mail

Hide and seek: Amazon horned frogs use the patterns on their skin to conceal themselves among leaves - but can you see the amphibian in this photo? Photo: Daily Mail

This camouflaged frog proved difficult to capture on camera as it hid from predators among fallen leaves. 

Photographers eventually found the amphibian in its natural environment in Yasuni National park in Ecuador.

Even in pictures, the Amazon horned frog, which has a mouth wider than the length of its body, is hard to spot, thanks to its patterned skin. But a closer look reveals the frog is indeed in the frame.

Professional wildlife photographer Chien Lee, 47, said: 'We were searching for all sorts of nocturnal creatures in the rainforest, but because these frogs are so rarely encountered, we hadn't didn't have much confidence that we would find one.

'In the daytime they are almost completely invisible due to their camouflage, but they can be found somewhat easier at night due to their eyeshine.

'There are many predators in the forest that their camouflage protects them from, including large birds and snakes, so it's a very effective adaptation.

'Although I had seen this species before in captivity, I was absolutely amazed to find one of these incredible frogs in their natural habitat.'

Despite only being 12cm in length, these frogs can consume prey as large as a small reptiles and rodents.

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