Category: Amphibians

Alpine Salamander (NaturimBild.at)

Review and photos by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972 Being new to the blog I decided to go with something very European… [editor’s note: Lanthanotus may be new to the Animal Toy Blog, but he is a regular reviewer for the Dinosaur Toy Blog] The Alpine Salamander (Salamandra atra) is a livebearing, totally terrestrial species restricted …

American Bullfrog (Incredible Creatures by Safari Ltd.)

The American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) is an iconic American animal. A fixture in still, shallow water portions of swamps, rivers, marshes, lakes, and ponds. Anyone out enjoying a summer night within its range is no doubt familiar with its deep, bellowing, “Jug-O-Rum” call. The largest frog native to North America, the American bullfrog has the …

American Bullfrog (Wild Republic FrogWatch USA, by K&M International)

The American bullfrog (Lithobates catesbeianus) is the largest frog species native to North America and a member of the Ranidae, or true frog, family. Bullfrogs are native to most of eastern North America but have been introduced elsewhere in North America and around the world. Bullfrogs are bold and voracious feeders, eating anything that moves …

Cave Dwellers TOOB (Safari Ltd.)

For my next review I thought I would do an overview of the Cave Dwellers TOOB released by Safari Ltd. in 2014. When this set was first released, I was excited because five of the eight figures are arthropods. Unfortunately I have misplaced four of those five, so I recently bought the entire set, which …

Cool Reptiles Bucket, Part 2 (COG Ltd)

And now I complete the review started here of a set of reptiles and amphibians from weird toy maker COG Ltd. As seen before, it is a set of very small herptiles (I will revive that term!) composed of 9 reptiles and 7 amphibians. Part one was 1 crocodilian, 5 lizards, and 3 snakes. This …

Great Lakes TOOB (Safari Ltd.)

Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario. Those are the names of the Great Lakes of North America that boarder the central/east United States and Canada. In total area they represent the largest freshwater lakes on Earth, holding roughly 20% of the world’s surface freshwater and 9/10ths of the water supply for the United States. The …

Japanese Clawed Salamander (River Life by Colorata)

So just going over my shelves, wondering what I could review, and my eyes fell on what might be the original Colorata set (or one of them)–their River Life set! What sets this one apart is the diversity–3 frogs, several fish, and one exclusive never-again-released salamander, a Japanese Clawed Salamander Onychodactylus japonicus (Houttuyn, 1882). This …

Japanese Giant Salamander (Natural Monuments of Japan by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by Lanthanothus; edited by bmathison1972 Through their long history, the group we accept as amphibians was, and still is, very diverse. Among the many fossils a great number of species grew to sizes that are hardly imaginable for us today. The extinct Prionosuchus grew up to 9 metres, longer than any know …

Japanese Giant Salamander (Sofubi Toy Box by Kaiyodo)

Review and images by Lanthanotus; edited by bmathison1972. Not a lot time has passed since my last review of a Japanese giant salamander (Andrias japonicus), so there is not much more to tell about the animal itself, so let us get straight away to the figure itself. Kaiyodo`s Sofubi Toy Box figures are produced in …