A colorful toad that has not been seen in 87 years was rediscovered in the jungles of Southeast Asia recently. The toxic toad, ranked one of Conservation International and the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Amphibian Specialist Group's ten most wanted amphibians, has historically never been photographed.
Otherwise known as the Sambas stream toad or Bornean rainbow toad was last seen by European explorers in 1924.
This toad boasts bright red, green, yellow, and purple warts. The toad's unusual appearance may be a warning system to predators, amphibian expert Robin Moore told National Geographic.
Moore went on to say, You can see the skin is rough, which usually indicates the presence of poison glands.
Three rainbow toads, an adult male, female, and a youngster, were found by the University of Malaysia Sarawak in a tree during a night time search after months of consistently searching remote forests.
Moore said that they pieced its behavior together from related species, Moore said. They suspected it might be climbing trees, and they knew to search at night along streams. But a lot of it was still guesswork.