“Pinocchio” frog’s nose grows when it calls others

May 18th, 2010 - 11:40 am ICT by ANI  

London, May 18 (ANI): A frog with a Pinocchio-like nose is among the new species discovered in Indonesia’s remote Foja Mountains, say scientists.

Scientists have called it the “Pinocchio” frog because of its long nose which grows when the animal calls to others, reports The Telegraph.

During an expedition to the Foja mountains of western New Guinea, a remote, untouched part of Indonesia which is one of the least disturbed areas in the whole Asia-Pacific region, the team of scientists found a wide array of species.

During camping, boffin Paul Oliver spotted a frog sitting on a bag of rice in the campsite.

On closer inspection it turned out to be a previously unknown type of long-nosed frog.

“We were sitting around eating lunch,” recalled ornithologist Chris Milensky. Oliver “looked down and there’s this little frog on a rice sack, and he managed to grab the thing.”

“Herpetologists [experts in snakes, lizards and frogs] have good reflexes,” Milensky observed.

The researchers also report finding the smallest kangaroo, a big woolly rat, and a bent-toed gecko with yellow eyes. (ANI)

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