|Image: Edgardo Flores|
These rare, sickly-looking fellows are found only in a tiny, mountainous part of Chile. Adults spend most of their time scrambling around the forest floor, probably munching on insects. It sounds a lot like a Victorian consumptive travelling to Switzerland to enjoy the effects of the clean, alpine air. The fact that they happen to be very far away from any major population centres is a complete coincidence. Honest.
Video: Felipe Rabanal
When the mating season comes along, warty males and warty females all gather at fast-flowing streams to do the kinds of things warts were never meant to do. Hopefully those streams flow as fast as a flushing toilet. The tadpoles grow up in those same streams and must cling to rocks with their weird sucker-mouths to prevent themselves getting swept away.
The tadpoles are lovely and smooth at first but that doesn't last long. Alas.