These four legged jumping creatures are found everywhere in the world. They come in several sizes and colors but their body configuration are much the same. So, what is the difference between frogs and toads?
To start with, frogs have smooth, moisturized and soft body skin. Toads on the other hand have dry and thick coated skin on the back portion of their body extending up to their head. Their undersides, though are soft. They are much larger than frogs.
In the Philippines, there is this myth that once a frog or a toad urinates on your hand you will develop skin warts. However, many dermatologists debunk this myth as a fallacy.
Field frogs and stone toads are farmer’s helpers in irradiating unwanted insects and pests that are harmful to their crops and plants. In some parts of the Philippines, field frogs are a provincial delicacy. Many vouch that their meat are tastier than that of chicken.
Toads, however, are a culinary no-no. Its thick skin is said to possess poisonous glands. In South America, there is this very tiny and brightly colored frog that can prove deadly and fatal if held by man.
A great majority of frogs are harmless but can be an ear splitting nuisance if you happen to live in a nearby pond, especially after a heavy downpour. Their continous croaking and bellowing are actually mating calls and they can cause you some sleepless nights.
Frogs and toads in China are considered lucky creatures. They are said to bring good fortune and wealth. No wonder I see frog figurines with a coin in their mouth displayed in shelves of many stores and sales outlets around town.
Frogs and toads are a rare find in the asphalt jungle of the big cities. A few toads may be seen in sewers but their population is dwindling fast.
Even field frogs are getting quite scarce now a days of man’s appetite for these farmer helpers. You are quite lucky to spot a little jumping frog in your garden. At least you know your garden is protected by one of natures best pest controllers. Slimy as they may be, but they deserve to live and be part of the ecological balance of mother nature.
Let’s learn to like and love frogs the same way we enjoy watching the funny antics of KERMIT THE FROG! Croak… croak… croak! You wouldn’t want to harm or have lovable Kermit for a meal, would you?
[Originally published at bitLanders.com rated 4/5 Star]