Saturday, March 19, 2005

Minty frog

American bullfrog (Rana catesbeiana)

I had to look this one up, and was a little surprised that she turned out to be a bullfrog. Not enough meat on this one to bother with gigging for fried frog legs.

No, I don't do that, but my grandfather did. As a kid I thought that eating frog legs was a real treat.

This one is a female; on a male the tympanum (external eardrum) would be much larger than the eye.

I imagine that this gal has no problems with bad breath, living in the ditch amongst the mint.


happyandblue2 said...

Nice picture. Are there a lot of frogs where you live? We hardly ever see one here..

swamp4me said...

We have lots of bullfrogs where I live. I once made the mistake of putting two together in the same holding tank while I prepared for an environmental education program. Alas, when it was time for the program I was down to one, very, very overstuffed bullfrog. They will eat anything they can get in their mouths and swallow.

Rurality said...

H&B2, we hear frogs a lot more than we see them. I began to think that we only had invisible frogs. I did a post on the spring peepers, with a sound file that I made here. I keep wondering how swamp4me finds all the ones she shows on her blog!

S4M, Oh no! I read that they were like that. I don't feel so bad about eating them, now that I know they're cannibals. :)

swamp4me said...

Frogs are easy to find in these parts. I can pretty much step out my back door and find a frog.
Guess that is an advantage of living in a swamp. The down-side is that we don't have the large number of showy wildflowers found in other climes :(

jenni said...

We have a lot of frogs too. I'm not sure what kind they are, but if you dig in the dirt, you'll find more frogs than worms. They are covered in wart-like bumps. Really ugly. But I like listening to them at night (they're even pretty loud during the day).