No specific threats to Mr Burns beaked toad are currently known. However, Colombia’s frogs are valued highly by collectors for their striking appearance, as well as for their potential in the pharmaceutical industry. Chemicals in the skin of many amphibians are being studied for potential cures to many human diseases, such as cancer and HIV (5).
It is predicted that the gold mining industry could soon take a greater interest in Colombia. If this were to happen, areas such as Chocó that are becoming safer to visit due to a crackdown on rebel groups could become threatened by habitat exploitation and destruction. Thousands of species within the region could also be extinguished (5).