Tuesday, July 1, 2008

The Gluttonous Frog (A.K.A. The Pacman Frog)

Meet the Amazon Horned Frog. The first thing that stands out about it is its size. The frog can grow to 8 inches (20 centimeters) in length and weigh in at up to 1 lb (480 g). How does it get that big, you ask? By eating with quantity, not quality in mind. Sometimes they go to far.

Typical ambush predators, they squeeze their bodies into the forest substrate or leaf litter so only their heads protrude. When anything smaller than their own bodies happens by, they spring from the mud and swallow their prey whole, locking it in their jaws with their sharp teeth.

Some Horned Frogs have been found dead in the wild with the remains of an impossible-to-ingest victim still protruding from their mouths. Their ravenous appetite and huge mouths have earned them and other horned frogs the pet-trade nickname "Pac Man frogs."

Gluttony. A deadly sin indeed.


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