I'm stuck... I need to be toad away: Rat rescued from the middle of a pond after hitching a lift on a frog
Unusual animal alliance photographed in a pond in Lucknow, India
The rat was clinging on to debris but made it to the shore thanks to the help of the frog
These extraordinary pictures show an unusual animal alliance as a frog carries a rat across a pond, saving the rodent from a watery grave.
The rat had been clinging to debris as it struggled to stay afloat in the pond in Lucknow, in northern India, and welcomed the assistance of a more aquatic creature.
The friendship is reminiscent of The Wind in the Willows, the beloved children's book in which Ratty helps Mr Toad reclaim his ancestral home.
Odd couple: A rat was pictured in India hitching a lift across a pond on the back of a frog
Don't look now! The rodent was struggling to stay afloat before the intervention of the friendly frog
Photographer Azam Husain managed to capture the unique moment as he was hanging out next to the water.
'I had parked my scooter on the shore near the pond,' he said. 'I noticed something floating and soon realised it was the rat holding onto some piece of debris.
'It was as if the two creatures were talking in their own way. The next moment, the rat managed to climb onto the back of the frog.
'All this happened very fast. I quickly reached for my bag and took out my camera.'
Triumph: The pair eventually made it to the shore of the pond, saving the rat's life
The frog proceeded to dive into the water, carrying his passenger on the back, and made it to the shore.
Mr Husain said: 'I managed to take a few pictures. I was fascinated with the way the frog swam and the rat held on tight. They were like friends.
'Sadly, I could not catch the moment when the frog reached the shore and rat just sped away.
'I looked around for a bit but both the little creatures had just gone back to their world.'
Well this fellow was lucky. In some parts of India, they pay for people to kill them. In some areas of India, they are worshiped. And in the Phillipines I saw on Nat. Geo. Channel where they gave up and just let the rats get fattened up on their rice fields then eat the rats. Yuck !! Thanks for the post Junee. Fruddy Hugs from me and Dottie. xoxo
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Panama's Golden Frogs
Frog Legs: A British InnovationNew Discovery in England Sheds Light on Who Ate Frogs First
For better or worse, frogs are often associated with the French.
But now, sacre bleu! A team of archaeologists has recently discovered remains of one such amphibian—which had obviously been cooked in some manner—at an ancient site in Wiltshire, England, not far from Stonehenge.
The bone fragments were dated to nearly 10,000 years ago. "That's well before the first documentation of the French eating frog," says dig leader David Jacques of the University of Buckingham. "The earliest source for the French eating frogs legs is in The Annals of the Catholic Church from the 12th century."
The history of the frog as human food is murky at best. But Jacques says it's not surprising that hunter-gatherers would have eaten small animals like frogs and toads. "It may well be that they were a source of useful protein then and a convenient 'fast food' to cook."
So how did such humble fare end up on the most refined menus? Cookbook recipes indicate that frog legs were a part of haute cuisine as far back as the 18th century in France, says French food writer Benedict Beauge. But how they got there is hard to decipher, in part because few cookbooks were written in centuries past about food for the masses.
What is better understood is England's reputation for not liking frog. In the Oxford Companion to Food, author Alan Davidson (a Brit) writes that frog is "perceived by the English as a staple of the French diet." He adds: "Why the idea of eating frog should be repellent to the English in particular is mildly puzzling. It may have something to do with the ugly (to human beings) appearance of the creatures, or the thought that they emerge all slimy from evil-smelling ponds."
This notion is echoed in Larousse Gastronomique, which says frog legs have "usually filled the British with disgust."
Still, some culinary records do offer proof of frog being enjoyed in Britain.
For example, in his 17th-century cookbook The Accomplisht Cook, Englishman Robert May included a recipe for a pie made with live frogs that would "cause much delight" and spur the ladies to "skip and shreek."
And Larousse Gastronomique notes that when 19th-century chef Georges Auguste Escoffier worked at the Carlton Hotel in London, he convinced the Prince of Wales to allow frog legs at his table by calling them cuisses de nymphes aurore—legs of the dawn nymphs.
Not surprisingly, archaeologist Jacques says that his discovery isn't really about who ate frog legs first anyway. "Rather," he says, "it might be worth considering that all the people settled in Britain in the Mesolithic had their origins in France and surrounding areas."
Jacques also noted that Britain was still joined to mainland Europe until around 5500 B.C., when it separated from the continent. "Perhaps we should see this as an opportunity for entente cordiale—we were all French then!"
Thank you for the beautiful post, June
Wish a nice weekend to ALL FROGGIES !!
A common toad adopting a defensive stance
The European common toad (Bufo bufo) adopts a characteristic stance when attacked, inflating its body and standing with its hindquarters raised and its head lowered.The bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana) crouches down with eyes closed and head tipped forward when threatened. This places the parotoid glands in the most effective position, the other glands on its back begin to ooze noxious secretions and the most vulnerable parts of its body are protected.Another tactic used by some frogs is to "scream", the sudden loud noise tending to startle the predator. The gray tree frog (Hyla versicolor) makes an explosive sound that sometimes repels the shrew Blarina brevicauda. Although toads are avoided by many predators, the common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis) regularly feeds on them. The strategy employed by juvenile American toads (Bufo americanus) on being approached by a snake is to crouch down and remain immobile. This is usually successful, with the snake passing by and the toad remaining undetected. If it is encountered by the snake's head, however, the toad hops away before crouching defensively.
June, thanks for a fascinating post. Enjoyed the pictures and the explanations. Too bad humanity can't be as generous as the frog was to the rat. Anyone who is different, humanity seems to feel the need to hurt or dislike.
This is amazing, June !!
They stretch themselves to appear bigger !!
thank you for sharing
Thanks, Kelly, for such an interesting posting.
Thanks Kelly. I'm sure many creatures have been hiding out away from Mankind. On purpose I'm sure. Sorry I haven't been around but still computer problems and a lot of crap going on in my life, all bad so I' trying to stay in touch and do what little I can. Fruddy Hugs to you all from me and old, old Dottie. xoxo
As Per Kelly R.s post above
Neat pictures. Thanks for Sharing
amazing pics thank you all my dear friends
As I go over these pictures and stories again; I am totally amazed. They are awesome, Thanks for sharing June, Tj, Kelly and the rest of you in the group/
From June 19th to 28th, SAVE THE FROGS! will lead an experience of a lifetime in the beautiful country of Belize:
I hope you can join me as we trek through old-growth rainforests, explore limestone caverns, swim in the warm Caribbean Sea, and appreciate the amazing amphibians of this wonderful country. Belize is a place that is near and dear to my heart and I welcome the opportunity to share this incredible adventure with you. I have participated, coordinated and led eco-tours to Belize for the last 4 years and I know this time is going to be another special expedition. We will also be accompanied by SAVE THE FROGS! Ecologist Kathlyn Franco as well as Mayan naturalists and field guides. Time is running out so please act fast to get your early bird discount (available through March 15th) and reserve your spot. Please visit www.savethefrogs.com/belize2014 to learn more about this exciting adventure.
Interested? Then feel free to email me directly or visit www.savethefrogs.com/belize2014 for more information. Thanks and I hope to see you in Belize!
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happy tuesday friends
- March 17,2014: The Rio Frio Salamander, Ambystoma leorae, long ago disappeared from the heavily polluted stream where it was first found. The stream-adapted species, once included in the no longer recognized genus Rhyacosiredon, has been rediscovered (the last report of a surviving population is 1983). A new study reports that the critically endangered species persists in a single population on Volcan Tlaloc, located adjacent to what may be the largest and densely urbanized area on earth. The salamanders, found in two small streams, show low genetic diversity but high average heterozygosity, and three genetic subpopulations were recognized in the restricted geographic range. While it is good news that the species persists, its habitat is very restricted and it remains at high risk of extinction. (DW)
Thanks, Trinity, for a lot of good information. In the words of Hemingway, "Wouldn't it be pretty to think so?" (the salamanders would continue to be so lucky to escape humanity's attention and extinction)
Thanks Fruddy-Buddys for all the great photos. And Junee for all that info., But, "Where have all the Sheddys gone, long time missing". There was a song like that very long ago, but with Flowers. I think our newest member left since nobody came by to welcome him. Neat stuff posted and one petition. Lisa B, misses You !! ha,ha. xo
Dae ye no mean whars awe the Fruddy Buddy's gone Vinnie? ...Sorry buddy, ye must be at yer wits end wi Auld Dottie
Guid info Trinity
Great quote that Nancy
Huv a nice Sunday all
No, Sweetie, I meant Sheddys.. Nobody has stopped into the "Watersheds" group that I run with Lisa B., We had a man named Doug, join and I put out the Welcome mat but nobody has been in. One Petition and new stuff in the Oceans Offbeat Thread. Cool stuff !! And YES, I am at my Wits end with Dottie. She has been barking for about 7 hours and I can't think at all. Still trying that Rimadyl, Sarah G., sent me from our Horse group, and the Chondroitan I bought with help from Kelly R., and Holly. It seems like her arthritis might be improving but it's only been two and half weeks, but her barking continues. I'm about ready to muzzle her. Fruddy Hugs and goodnight. xoxo
Vinnie, you and Dottie are in my prayers. Hope she improves. So sad when those we love are in pain. Take care and know all of your friends and their fur babies care about you and Dottie.
AS USUAL JUNEE YOU AMAZE ME,AND I LOVE TO BE AMAZED
IF I HAD INFLUENCE WITH THE GOOD FAIRY,I WOULD MAKE EVERY GROWN UP HAVE NEVER LOST THEIR SENSE OF WONDER
AND I WOULD STEAL HER FAIRY DUST,THAT SH*T IS EXPENSIVE!!
Thanks for sharing; enjoyed it. Still think this is the best group ever!
Very nice photos thank you all
Holly and Tasunka, you made my day. Thanks for sharing. Until I joined this group, I never realized how beautiful frogs were and of course, how beautiful my fruddy friends were.
Would you like to join SAVE THE FROGS! on an amazing tropical adventure in Belize? We have a few spots available on our upcoming SAVE THE FROGS! Eco-Tour to Belize (June 19-28, 2014). We are offering this exciting experience at a significantly reduced rate of $1,850 (a major discount from the standard $2,295 price!). This cost includes all lodging, in-country transportation, world-class tour guides and their scientific expertise, tips, and all but two meals. Participant is responsible for purchasing their own airfare (likely $750 roundtrip from the USA).
If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey at: email@example.com. Please act fast as this offer ends on May 15th.
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Thanks ever so much, June. Lots of interesting info, videos and pictures. I have learned more about frogs and toads since I joined this group than I knew in the first 67 years of my life.
Thanks for all the stories and videos June.
Amazing pictures, stories and videos. Thanks everyone, for all the interesting information!
Lovely picture Lynn.
What a very colorful thread! The first post in here was one I was pretty amazed to see. Good timing for the photographer. Hi Lynn - not see you in a while, hope all is well flower xo
Don't know which, Lynn but your froggy is either a handsomely dressed Prince or a beautifully garbed Queen in her dress of many colors. Thanks for sharing.
Hi Everyone: found some pictures of FROGS:
.(Slope-snouted Glass Frog (Cochranella euknemos), a beautiful uncommon glass frog of Costa Rica, Panama, and N Colombia. Central Panama.)
Male poison arrow frog (Dendrobates macero)
Red backed poison dart frog.
Thumbnail dart frog - native to Peru
Madagascan Tomato Frog
Orange-legged leaf frog
Harlequin Dart Frog - "El Pangan"
New word I learned from the ny kids, since I don't use the word awesome. ..Joy these pics are sick (that's a compliment)
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Great pictures Joy.
Tasunka. how do they figure that's a complement!
Groovy, cool, hot, awesome, rad, sick?¿
not that I think of it,it's more like bad*ss,gnarly, unbelievable!
Tasunka, that's more like it.
Thank you Joy, for some amazing, awesome, breath taking, cool, divine, excellent, fantastic, gorgeous, happy, inspiring, jewel like, kinky, lovely, marvelous, nice, outstanding pictures of some fabulous fruddy buddies!
Joy, I'll add my word....WOW!!!!
Thank you to all you FRUDDY BUDDIES. Nancy I guess all those "WORDS" that you used, the kids just sum it up in one word - Sick. I will be posting some more of those
later. (oops.. I must have pressed the wrong key)
..Prince Charles of Wales is a frog (Hyloscirtus princecharlesi) This new species of frog has just received its scientific name of Prince Charles, heir to the British throne for his work in the conservation of tropical forests...
.. Pepper Tree Frog - Brazil
..Common Asian Toad (Duttaphrynus melanosticus),
.. Common Reed Frog (Hyperolius viridiflavus)
..Splash-backed frog...pretty little guy, but poisonous.
..Excidobates (Dendrobates) mysteriosus (captive), Maranon poison frog, IUCN Redlist: Endangered
Kids, nowadays, use "bad" to mean good. Story of civilization; two different vocabularies for kids and adults.
Joy, great pictures. Like "Prince Charles".
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Your name on the wall of SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's first office
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Your donation will also help pay our Ghanaian staff for the three months this summer that they have been without salaries due to a lack of funds. Living in West Africa is hard, and even harder when you haven't been paid in months. Labor Day weekend is a fitting time to acknowledge the contributions of thousands of environmentalists around the world who regularly go without pay to do the work that needs to get done regardless of whether there is money available to pay them. I would have sent a grant to our friends in Ghana months ago if I could have, but this summer I also went ten weeks without pay because funds were low. Please help ensure that those who work full-time protecting the planet do not have to find other types of work to make ends meet -- the success of our movement depends on it. Thank you for donating!
I found this Phrynobatrachus calcaratus near the banks of Kumasi's Wewe River, which SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana's KNUST chapter is restoring.
Photos from the 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Ecot
"Our 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Eco-Tour was held June 19th to 28th and wow what a trip! Ten frog-saving supporters trekked through rainforests, hiked through pine savannah, relaxed on white, sandy beaches, and found lots of beautiful frogs! Belize is teeming with life. From birds, to bats, to bugs, we saw many fascinating animals. Frogs of course were the target and we saw 15 species! Our group visited the Tropical Education Center; the Mayan ruins Xunantunich and Lubantaan; the Blue Creek Rainforest; the Toucan Ridge Ecology and Education Society; the beautiful Caribbean beaches of South Water Caye; and the Smithsonian Institute's field station at Carrie Bowe Caye".
See lots of photos from the Belize Ecotour right here!
SAVE THE FROGS! Advisory Committee Chairman Michael Starkey photographed this Blue Spotted Treefrog Smilisca cyanosticta during our 2014 SAVE THE FROGS! Belize Ecotour.
Thank you for supporting SAVE THE FROGS!
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SAVE THE FROGS! Ghana Co-Founder, Board Member, Ecologist
Ping pong at the edge of Ghana's Lake Bosomtwe, a great place to look for frogs.
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Thank you Nancy for the info. Wish I could join the tour.
Don't we all?
Marbled Reed Frog.
Argus Reed Frog
A new poisonous frog was recently discovered in a remote mountainous region in Colombia by a team of young scientists supported by the Conservation ...
... Rainbow Frogs.
Vietnamese Mossy Frog-The bumps and ridges serve as camouflage. It tucks it's limbs in and looks like a large clump of lichen.
Love them all.
... Leopard Frog
.. Tiger-Legged Tree Frog.
.. Red - Eye Tree Frog.
... Panamanian Golden Frog.
... Clown Tree Frog.
... Harlequin Poison Frog.
... Granulated Poison Arrow Frog.
... Green and Black Poison Dart Frog.
... Strawberry Poison Dart Frog.
...Phantasmal Poison Arrow Frog.
Thanks, Joy, each one is more beautiful than the last!
Yes, Nancy. I never even imagined there were so many varieties of such beautiful frogs.
... Marbled reed frog or Painted reed frog,
..White Tree Frog.
.. Peruvian Leaf Frog
.. Loka flying Frog (Rhacophorus monticola)
..Wallace's Flying Frog.
..Waxy Monkey Frog.
..Blegh! Not a good fly at all.
The EYES of FROGS and other Reptiles:
.. Fish eye
..eye of a honey bee.
Amazing; they look like beautiful marbles. Thanks for sharing, Joy. Nature and you are awesome.
Joy, thank you for all the the Frog pictures they are amazing.
That's it then fruddy's... The aye's have it
.. Nancy, Brenda, Iain, wishing you all : A Blessed Sunday.
Have any one of you seen this ape like frog before?
..Siberian Long Haired Frog
No, Joy, thanks for the education. Neat; hate to admit I didn't know much about frogs until I became a member of this group. Learned a lot in an easy way. Thanks to all you for giving me an education.
Good Morning Nancy, I didn't know much about frogs either, till I joined this group. Nevermind, lets learn together.
A male Oreophryne frog guards eggs in a New Guinea forest.
Who knew there were so many frogs! I'm scared to post a picture and duplicate one already posted. There are so many beautiful ones here. Thanks everyone, I enjoy this thread.
Hello Joy I love that Siberian Long Haired Frog, amazing. The other frog pictures are great. Thanks. I too knew very little about frogs before I joined the group. I used to have frogs in the pond in my garden, my cat Pushka caught one and bit off a leg the year after it was still hopping about.
Hi, Nancy,, Jilly, Brenda ... Good morning...
Wow ! that's one great frog, Brenda. Hopping around minus one leg.
.. More Frogs:
Thanks for the great photos of these unusual frogs.
You are Welcome, Brenda.
If you saw this already sorry, couldn't find it.Mysterious New Poison Dart Frog Found; Is Size of Fingernail
Oh my, that is really tiny isn't it Trinity.
If you've ever been to Puerto Rico, and gone out to the rainforest or anywhere beyond the urban sprawl of the city, you'll soon be serenaded by Puerto Rico's unofficial mascot. You won't be able to see the source of this melody, but you can certainly hear it: a two-note orchestra which sounds like this: Co-qui.The Coquí Is a Natural Wonder of Puerto Rico
And that's how a tiny tree frog species that are endemic to Puerto Rico got its name.
The coquí is, for me at least, one of the natural wonders of puerto rico. This endemic species live in the island's forests (although it has been introduced to the U.S. and other islands) and is truly petite: it reaches 1 to 2 inches in length and weighs between 2 and 4 ounces. Ironically, that makes them one of the largest frogs in Puerto Rico. And it also makes it even more impressive that the sound they produce is so loud! The call of the coquí is clear, high-pitched and unmistakable. And if you ever get to spend a night or two in El Yunque, you'll hear their song all night long without interruption. This symphony will either drive you nuts or lull you to sleep.âDifferent Than Regular Frogs
These little guys aren't just amazing because of their music. The coquí (scientific name Eleutherodactylus coqui, which means "free toes")) is different from many frogs in that it doesn't have webbed feet; instead, their toes have special pads that let them climb and stick to trees and leaves.
The song of the coquí is produced by the males of the species to attract females and ward off competitors during mating season. (Given how frequently you hear this sound pretty much throughout the year, that's a whole lot of flirting or posturing!). And unlike most frogs, coquís don't have a tadpole stage: they emerge from their eggs as tiny frogs with tails, which the male watches over (male coquís are quite the industrious lot, aren't they).
Coquís have passed into the lore of Puerto Rico, and form part of island's culture. You'll find coquí toys, books, and t-shirts at any souviner stores in San Juan. Many establishments bear the name "Coquí," and the Puerto Rican version of eggnog is called the coquito (it's a mix of rum, cinnamon, cloves, coconut, and egg if you ever want to try it; you can also buy bottles of it on the island). There's a common story (corroborated by the USDA Forest Service, by the way) that it even "rains frogs" in El Yunque. Apparently, the little guys often find themselves on the canopy of the forest, where they're more exposed to their natural predators. Rather than making the cumbersome and time-consuming scramble back down the bark for a place to hide, the irrepressible coquís merely launch into the air and literally float back down to the ground.