Species: Prosalirus bitis (Pro-sah-lee-rus bee-tis)
What it means: Leaping forward
Where I live: Arizona in the U.S.A.- The Kayenta formation
When to find me: The Early Jurassic period, about 196 million years ago.
My favorite food: Bugs! I’m an insectivore.
My neighborhood: The Kayenta formation used to be a tropical floodplain, a bit like African savannah today- but no grass or flowers. Ferns cover the open plains, dotted with islands of spiky cycad groves. Rivers crisscross the land with lush tree ferns, ginkgo trees, and conifers. Every year during the wet season the plains turn into a flooded marsh, but the hottest months bring no rain, and the rivers shrink until the plains are almost as dry as the great desert that lies to the north.
A few of my neighbors: Since I’m a tiny, froggish guy, I have to watch out for all sorts of predators like Dilophosaurus, Kayentavenator, Coelophysis (meat-eating dinosaurs), and crocodile cousins. In the sky, flying pterosaurs with long tails would love a snack. More friendly neighbors are Sarahsaurus (an early sauropod), Scelidosaurus (armored dinosaur), and Scutellosaurus (smaller armored dinosaur). I like to hang out on the riverbank with the turtles and keep an eye out for insects like beetles, dragonflies, an ancient cousin of the moth, and something called a snakefly.
Fun Fact: I am one of the very first frogs, and the first frog we know that could actually jump! Most of the tail my ancesters had is gone, and my legs are a bit shorter than modern frogs.