Meet the “Angry Avocado”: The Black Rain Frog That Has Everyone Talking

The rain frog is known as the “angry avocado.” Just one glance at this amphibian is enough to understand why it has such an original nickname. This extraordinary animal stands out significantly among its peers. What does the black rain frog look like? Where does it live? I will answer these and other questions below.

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4 min readJun 5, 2024
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In the kingdom of anurans, which includes around 7,000 species, there is no shortage of true oddities. One need only point to the goliath frog (Conraua goliath), the largest frog in the world, measuring about 30 cm in length, or the mossy frog (Theloderma corticale), a true master of camouflage. However, when listing the strangest frogs, we cannot overlook our subject today. After all, the “angry avocado” must have earned its nickname somehow.

Where does the black rain frog live?