Leopard Frog on the path

LOOK AT THIS GUY!

There we were, walking along a very wet trail along the back of the lake,

Marshy path

when Jeff startled this guy directly into my path.

He was quite cooperative as I fumbled with my camera.

Leopard frog

When he was ready to move on, he looked at me as if to say, “Do you mind?

Leopard frog

I did mind, as I was still ooh-ing and aah-ing over his toes, but he still decided to move on.

I always thought frogs caught insects with their sticky tongues, but it turns out that the “trick” is in their spit! Their saliva is uniquely designed to change properties – it starts out thick, and then when their tongue hits prey, it turns watery so that it can immerse the unlucky bug (or whatever else it is eating). Then the saliva thickens again, to keep the prey stuck while the bungee-tongue carries it back to the mouth. As if that’s not cool enough, it turns out that the frog moves the prey OFF the tongue using its eyeballs! There’s a great article about this here.

The creative design apparent all around us never ceases to amaze me.

11 thoughts

  1. Ah, the ole ‘camera squat.’ I know it too well. Great capture on this beautiful frog. He’s one of our favorite yard species, and I hope to one day record his song. Much like his spots, its unmistakable.

    Fascinating about the eyeballs. Thank you so much for sharing that article. Cheers!

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