by Kim Scotto
What’s hoppin, nature lovers?
It’s quiz time! Let’s see if we can separate frog facts from fiction:
1. Will touching a toad give you warts?
2. Will kissing a frog turn it into royalty?
3. Is it really “not easy being green”?
(Answer: false, false, and false!)
There are many myths surrounding frogs, but we’ve compiled some
fantastical facts about frogs that are 100% true!
Fantastic fact #1: American Bullfrogs are the largest frogs in North America, and they can be found right here in Delaware! They are so big that they can eat just about anything that can fit in their mouths-including rodents, small birds, or even other bullfrogs!
Fantastic Fact #2: Think you were cold this winter? When Wood Frogs and Spring Peepers get too cold their bodies literally freeze to the point where their hearts stop beating! They have a special sugar in their blood that prevents any long-term damage, and once the temperature warms up, the frog can defrost itself and hop away! Scientists have actually been studying this unique property of frogs because they hope to replicate the process with human organs!
Fantastic Fact #3: Frogs use their eyeballs to swallow! They don’t have the same kind of throat muscles that we do, instead they can push their eyes inside their head and use them to move food down into their stomachs.
Want to learn more about the frogs of Delaware? Come to our Frog Festival at Ashland Nature Center this Saturday, April 5th, from 9 AM-12 PM, hosted by our very own Intern Hannah! Go frogging in the marsh and listen to the springtime chorus, do a frog-themed craft, and see a live animal show! Pre-registration required. Call 302-239-2334 or click here to register.