Wednesday 15 September 2021

A Frog-Bog-Blog: Verses about AMPHIBIANS


SATIRE COMPOSED: Giorgio Coniglio (registered pseudonym) and Dr. GH, September 2018. Today's poems have mostly been published  at, an online humor dictionary that has accumulated 120,000 carefully edited limericks. 
PHOTOS: Unless otherwise noted (by pale blue acknowledgment plaques), embedded photographs were taken with and transferred from Giorgio's cellphone. Following submission of the poems to OEDILF, the slides collages we present here were formatted using Powerpoint software on a vintage 2000-era PC computer. No photographic subjects were reimbursed for participating in this undertaking, and OEDILF has no involvement in the pictorial portion of this presentation. 

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American green tree frog
American toad
Dominican "crapaud"
Giorgio's froglegs
Kermit the frog
Southern toad

Authors' Note:    In the Canadian province of Ontario we have only two species of toad, apparently -- the American toadAnaxyrus americanus, and the closely related Fowler's toad. There are also some 10 species of 'true' frog.

  The author had initially given excessive credence to the differentiating rule that states, "if something hops, it's a toad, but if it leaps, it's a frog." The creature in question was apparently under great pressure to reach the Great Lakes beach.

Authors' Note:  crapaud (KRA-poh, Caribbean pronunciation), derived from the
French word for ‘toad’ (kra-POH).
At one time widely distributed in the eastern Caribbean, the large edible frog, Leptodactylus fallax, is now found only on parts of the islands of Montserrat and Dominica. Hunted extensively for its meaty froglegs, once the national delicacy of Dominica, this defenceless animal has been known by many different and colorful names, reflecting the English, Dominican Creole French, and patois spoken by local residents. Although hunting has been banned on Dominica since the 1990s, the crapaud remains on the list of severely endangered species.   

Learn more about Leptodactylus fallax at Wikipedia here

Read more about the disastrous global effects of consumption of frogs as human food here.

Authors' Note:   The southern toad is found in all of the southern US states except Tennessee, particularly in areas nearer to the coasts. Cranial crests giving rise to skin knobs between the eyes are found most prominently in creatures in the extreme southerly parts of their range, giving rise to the term 'horny toad'; there is no relationship of these paired growths to bony horns found in mammals, or to sexual function. During the summer, high-pitched trilling from congregated males can be near-deafening in low-lying marshy areas where the amphibians breed, and females are duly attracted. Each mating results in thousands of toadlets. 

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  1. Hilariously ingenious, Gil. Mike Aq too.

  2. Thanks for visiting the site and for your comment. I hope you will visit some of our other posts related to flora and fauna too, e.g. birds and reptiles. We are always looking for folks who will contribute some good personal photos of wildlife to enhance the song and poem verses that we post