By Lenny Pierce
Species: Leptobrachium boringii
Range: Mountains of southwestern China.
Weird Feature: Battle ‘stache
The world has seen some pretty bas ass mustaches over the years. From Yosemite Sam to Hulk Hogan to Daniel Day Lewis in Gangs of New York and Tom Selleck in everything ever – the mustache has long been a symbol of inarguable masculinity. And while every mustache works to repel rival males, few do so as directly as that of the Emei mustache toad of southwest China. During breeding season, the toads will grow spines on their upper lip specifically to spike rivals males with. It’s enough to make Burt Reynolds look like a 6 year old.
When that special time of year rolls around (Feb-March), the toads will grow 10 to 16 spines and then head from their forest habitat to the swift mountain rivers where all the ladies at. Once there, they will pick out a nice rock and spend the next few weeks swimming around it making enticing grunting noises to attract females. Should any rival male decide he likes his neighbor’s real estate better than his own, the two will engage in bouts of upper lip butting until one of them yields. Fatalities in this process have …read more