STL Science Center

STL Science Center

21 September 2015

Beelzebufo the Terror

The tiny terror toad tormented tribes of toy theropods throughout the Cretaceous. All alliteration aside, Beelzebufo was an impressive ambush amphibian and quite capable of terrorizing the smaller dinosaur hatchlings, lizards, mammals, and "lower vertebrates" that lived alongside it. Invertebrates were most definitely also on the menu. However, in this popular clip from Dinosaur Revolution, the smallest theropods or lizards are the main course. Strangely, despite all hypotheses to the contrary, these Beelzebufo use their tongues to attack their prey items; a mode of attack thought to be the mainstay of other frogs, and not the gulping of the gigantic mouth of Beelzebufo.

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