What's with the frog infatuation--especially associated with ice cream and frozen yogurt (SweetFrog, Frogg's Ice Cream, Frosty Frog, etc.)?
According to Save The Frogs, some interesting facts:
- There are over 6,300 species of frogs and toads (a close, warty relative of the frog).
- They range from just 9 mm to over 30 mm and 6.6 lbs, and can live from a few years to as many as 30-years (ol' frog river uncaring with the flow of the Mississippi).
- Frogs are amphibians developing in their larval state in water as herbivores, but as adults living on land as carnivores (flies anyone).
- Toads tend to have poisonous secretions as does the Poison Dart Frog (maybe the princess should not be kissing that frog).
- Australian Stony Creek Frogs build nests for their eggs just like birds (got to protect those youngins).
- Wood frogs adapt to the freezing cold by stopping their breathing, blood flow, and heartbeat (now that's extreme hibernation).
- Similarly, Burrowing Frogs survive hot, dry climates by slowing their metabolism and shedding their skin into a protective mosture-retaining cocoon, and others can live underground for as many as 10 months and surface in mass when the rains come (like the 2nd plague in Egypt).
- Pesticides, fertilizers, and parasites have been increasing deformities in frogs such as missing limbs or having 6 legs (making jumping on 3 legs a bitch and jumping on 6 an unfair advantage).
Frogs are a great illustration of how to "adopt or die" with the emphasis on living and thriving forward--not so sure though about frog-flavored ice cream. ;-)
(Source Photos: Andy Blumenthal)