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Purple Frog

The Purple Frog (Nasikabatrachus sahyadrensis) is a species of frog belonging to the family Sooglossidae. It is found in the Western Ghats in India. It is also known as the Pignose Frog. It is a fairly new recognized species as it was discovered in 2003. However it was well known to the local people before this and several earlier specimens had been ignored. It is a unique species for its geographic region.

The Purple Frog looks like a typical frog. It has a squat body, somewhat rounded compared to other more flat-shaped frogs. Its arms and legs splay out in the standard froglike form. Compared to other frogs, this species has a small head and a rather peculiar, pointed snout. Adults are usually dark purple in color. Its length is about 2.75 inches, which is based upon the specimen that was discovered.

The Purple Frog lives underground for most of the year. It surfaces only for about two weeks during the monsoons for mating. Its reclusive lifestyle is most likely the reason this species had escaped earlier discovery by biologists. Unlike other burrowing species of frogs, it forages and feeds underground on mainly termites.

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