Frogs have been around for the last 190 million without evolving due to their adaptingÂ capabilities. The prehistoric predecessor to frogs was the Ichthyostegay, also known asÂ the ‘˜four legged fish’. Frogs were the earliest known amphibians known to be found inÂ East Greenland. As amphibians, frogs immutably enjoyed the best of both worlds ‘“land
and sea. 1 They are characterized by being hairless, minus tails and mostly lay theirÂ eggs in water.
1. Frogs are found in all countries having freshwater. Though they thrive best in warm,Â moist climates they are found in deserts and cold regions including the Arctic. TheÂ only region frogs are not found is the Antarctica.
2. The Australian water-holding frog survives seven years without rain in the desert. ItÂ survives by burrowing underground and forming a protective cocoon made from itsÂ own shedding skin.
3. Wood frogs from the Arctic use the glucose in its blood as antifreeze in protectingÂ its organs from the cold. The rest of its body will be frozen but its organs areÂ protected.
5. Frogs are the first land animals that possessed vocal chords. The frog sounds thatÂ can be heard from miles away are due to the vocal sacs filled with air that resonatesÂ sound.
6. The eating of animals which live on land and water (amphibians) including frogs isÂ forbidden by Judaism and Islam.3
7. Frog meat tastes similar to chicken meat accounting for its popularity. It isÂ considered a delicacy in most countries. In the United States, the American bullfrogsÂ are popular whereas in French and East Asian cuisines, frogs are a connoisseur’sÂ delight.
8. The consumption of frogs worldwide has put a strain on the growth of the frogÂ population. The continued hunting of wild frogs in India and Indonesia has hadÂ ecological implications on the environment. Frogs eat unwanted predators includingÂ insects which are a boon to the agricultural sector. The absence of these naturalÂ insects’ busters impacted the quality of the agricultural produce.5
9. Frog farming, which was a solution to prevent the diminishing growth of wild frogs,Â has had reverse negative effects including farmed frogs escaping and introducingÂ new diseases amongst the wild population and turning into a invasive species.
10.Recommendations to ensure the sustained growth of frogs include monitoring theÂ wild frog population, restriction of commercial farming to native species and setting