Saturday, December 8, 2018

Don't Mess With The "Hairy Frog"...!

Most of us know better than to mess with Mother Nature. However, for those that insist on learning the hard way, here is one critter you don't want to mess with.

Frog Defense Hack

Photo credit: Gustavocarra

The Trichobatrachus robustus (aka the “hairy frog” due to the hairlike fibers found on the male’s skin) has the gross ability to break its own bones to fight off prey. When under attack, these frogs will quickly contract their muscles, snap the bones in their hind feet, and push the bones out of their skin to create protruding claws.

Due to the formation of collagen in the frog’s toe bones, it is possible for these creatures to break the tips of their toes and not their whole legs. This strange form of defense allows the hairy frogs to both fight off and completely terrify their prey.

It can be used against humans, too. In Cameroon, the frogs are hunted for food by the indigenous people. To avoid getting hurt by these froggy weapons, the hunters have to use long spears to catch these creatures.

I don't think I'll be hunting any "hairy frogs" any time soon. No need to tell me twice!

Coffee in the kitchen this morning!


HermitJim said...

Mamahen said...

Wow...once again you have completely wowed me:))

Ken said...

...unrelated, don't know if i'll get another chance...Merry Christmas Jim

JO said...

That is totally gross and check that place off my to go to list.

Kitchen is fine with me.

HermitJim said...

Hey Mamahen...
Glad that I could do that! Don't want you to get bored, ya know.
Thanks for stopping by today!

Hey Ken...
And the same back at ya, buddy!
Thanks for coming around today!

Hey Jo...
I don't want to visit there either.
Thanks, dear, for dropping by this morning!

Dizzy-Dick said...

Meeting up with one of those frogs would be a "hairy" situation for sure.