IUCN threat status:

Least Concern (LC)

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Description

Vomerine teeth present. Posterior part of the tongue free and forked. Toes webbed. Omosternum and sternum ossified. Pupil of the eye horizontal. Snout sharp. Male vocal sacs reduced. When the shins (knee to ankle) are positioned perpendicularly to the body axis, the heels overlap; when the hind leg is stretched along the body, the tibio-tarsal articulation reaches the eye. Inner metatarsal tubercle large, 2.2-3.9 times shorter than the first toe. Flank and thigh skin smooth. Dorsal coloration greyish to brown, with dark spots. Temporal spot large. Light middorsal line with distinct edges running from eyes to cloaca present regularly. Ventral surface white or whitish-pink with large irregular, partially fused red spots which are well-developed on the posterior part of belly and on the hind legs, almost absent on the throat and chest. Male differs from female by having dark nuptial pads on the first finger.

The species needs special measures of protection in Kazakhstan, China and Kirgizia in the near future.

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