Monthly Archives: April 2014

Fantastic Frogs!

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!)

This Green Frog uses its coloring to camouflage with aquatic plants. It's pretty easy-and much safer-for it to be green!

This Green Frog uses its coloring to camouflage with aquatic plants. This protects it from becoming someone’s snack! Being green makes its life much easier! Photo by Jim White

 

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!

This big guy has an equally large appetite! Photo by Kim Scotto.

This big guy has an equally large appetite! Photo by Kim Scotto.

 

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!

Wood Frog in the snow

Wood Frogs can freeze and dethaw several times in one winter! Looks like this one came out a little early. Photo by Derek Stoner.

 

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.

GIF of toad eating a worm

Check out our American Toad munching down on a worm! See how she can pull her eyes all the way in? Video by Kim Scotto

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.

Hannah holding a bullfrog

We’ll see you there!