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frogs#9: Winter in New York

By handlerstudio  
This guy in some places is known as "mountain chicken" for the volume of muscle (read meat--SimonFletch) on his legs.....to the point where in some places they have been driven almost (or all the way) to non-existence for people eating frog's legs. Also a great jumper. No surprise, but not good enough to get away from hunters. Thanks for all your votes and comments on our friend Jabba the Hut.


Frog Legs
Smokey jungle frogs are excellent jumpers, but their powerful thigh muscles often land them on human dinner plates. Other large frogs throughout Central and South America are also used in gourmet cooking, and some populations are suffering. One species from the Caribbean island of Dominica has been eaten to the brink of extinction. Local people refer to these endangered frogs as "mountain chicken."

Smokey Jungle Frog
Leptodactylus pentadactylus

Class: Amphibia
Family: Leptodactylidae
Size: Up to 8 inches
Food: Insects, rodents, snakes, frogs
Range: Southern Central America and northern South America
Habitat: Semiaquatic
Life Cycle: These frogs deposit their eggs in floating foam nests in shallow water. The tadpoles wriggle free after hatching.

Peter

Tags: Portraits Close-up and macro Frogs Wildlife and nature

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Comments


28 Jan 2014 2:59AM
Excellent shot of this healthy looking frog with fantastic light. This series on frogs is a great education to me. Thanks

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28 Jan 2014 3:57AM
Well, I can't say this particular one looks very appetising to me, Peter...!
I do quite like frogs legs, a popular food in France, where thankfully, they are farmed.
What is man doing to this planet...?
Great narrative, Peter and a great image.

Simon
debu 6 India
28 Jan 2014 4:25AM
Excellent capture.
debu

Quote:Well, I can't say this particular one looks very appetising to me, Peter...!
I do quite like frogs legs, a popular food in France, where thankfully, they are farmed.
What is man doing to this planet...?
Great narrative, Peter and a great image.

Simon

what are we doing to this planet? How long do you have, Si on. As for animals, between habitat loss, eating them, and climate change, we are in the midst of the sixth great extinction in Earth's geologic ic history.

Peter
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3 6 1 India
28 Jan 2014 6:18AM
Fantastic close up,really very well captured.
lesliea 6 2 Australia
28 Jan 2014 6:29AM
Nice image Peter well taken, frogs are not on my menu their safe around me.
Cheers Allen,Smile
ColleenA Plus
4 318 4 Australia
28 Jan 2014 6:50AM
Not surprised Simon eats frogs legs lol....couldn't imagine any thing worse....they really did put on a great display of frogs Peter, he does look rather cute though. A great narrative, it is rather sad that so many animals are facing extinction because of mans greed. Another excellent capture...
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 56 13 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 8:40AM
Great capture Peter, really enjoying your frog seriesSmile


Cliff
28 Jan 2014 9:05AM
Another wonderful capture Peter GrinGrin

Kathryn
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
28 Jan 2014 11:30AM
Great series Peter. Think we all have views on the state of the planet. Glad I'm old enough to remember the good. Peter.
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
28 Jan 2014 11:39AM
Certainly fills the frame well this one Peter.
Good shot.
Mick.
28 Jan 2014 12:56PM
He is one big boy. Must make lots of noise at night. Super shot.
gss 2 1 Romania
28 Jan 2014 3:28PM
Excellent frog series and good info!
Silviu
28 Jan 2014 4:25PM
Handsome fellow
A magic capture with great writeup. Well done Peter.
WesternRed.
YorkshireSam 6 110 3 United Kingdom
8 Feb 2014 4:55AM
Lovely close up and an interesting read. Shame to hear they are being persecuted like that when there is more than enough to eat without resorting to munching on these poor creatures.
14 Feb 2014 12:15PM
great capture..
Mk

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