Friday Frog

Mmmmm tomato… no, Homer, stop! That’s not a tomato, it’s a Madagascan tomato frog, Dyscophus antongilli, and as with most brightly colored frogs it’s not so good to eat. While not actually toxic, these guys secrete a nasty white mucus which irritates and can cause allegic reactions to people. Anyway, they’re endangered, due to habitat loss in the dwindling forests of northeastern Madagascar, and also due to excessive collecting for pet stores before that became illegal. Well, they are cute… but not tasty, Homer! Have another tomacco instead.

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~ by B.T. Murtagh on December 7, 2007.

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