The Hot Cross Bullfrog
Affectionately named after, and in similar proportions, to the bakery snacks produced by the village markets at the bottom of the overgrown mountains, the Hot Cross Bullfrog is a carnivorous predator largely avoided by the rest of the mountain fauna.
Surpassing many of the other reptiles in its vicinity, the HCB has priority over its prey, and is thus able to maintain the high demands of its circulatory system. The bullfrog survives mostly in areas of magmatic rock.
The shell upon its back prevents the extreme temperatures from tearing the areas of flesh that are stretched over large skeletal or muscular frames. The shoulders of the bullfrog have evolved to develop partially exoskeletal plates, to prevent the vulnerable, thinner, and repeatedly stretched flesh of the muscular shoulders from being torn by the flammable molten compounds released through the creature’s warts.
The shell appears almost like a collection of small islands supported above a molten core, which refreshes the density of the shell, often impacted by larger, brave, and perhaps foolish predators. The bullfrog often resides underneath small flows of molten rock for a limited time, to refresh the deposits and temperature within the shell. This molten liquid is also supplied to the rear feet, sustained by a vascular system which is similar in composition to the thicker, leathery warts which also contain excess deposits of this highly flammable, corrosive liquid. The hands and rear feet of the reptile are home to small, jagged claws, and a fiery touch, respectively. This vascular system also runs from the tail, under the torso of the beast, supplying the mouth with a practical means of cooking and neutralizing poisonous prey, while allowing the beast to warm its young, supply their smaller systems and shells with ‘fuel’, and warn off other creatures.
The HCB is vulnerable at night, and likes to remain in difficult-to-reach areas of extreme temperature, to attempt to keep its bright features hidden in the darkness.