March 7, 2004 10:11 PM   Subscribe

First it was purple frogs that consorted with known dinosaurs, and now they've been joined by their three-headed brethren [warning: gratuitous frogs].
posted by The God Complex (8 comments total)
It was on the tv news on Friday, and seeing that thing move is so freakish, all those little legs stuck all over the place twitching and all the eyes blinking and...

Ugh. Mutant frog scary!
posted by Katemonkey at 2:00 AM on March 8, 2004

Indeed, amphibians are known to be particularly sensitive to mutagen thus allowing us to build wicked pods.
posted by kush at 2:24 AM on March 8, 2004

More pictures, so you know what it looks like when it COMES FOR YOU IN YOUR DREAMS!
posted by Orange Goblin at 2:43 AM on March 8, 2004

Pardon the self-link, but I've been collating stuff, as this story blew up, for a weblog entry, Making the beast with three backs. Personally, I'm absolutely certain it's simply a misreported case of multiple amplexus: mating behaviour with two males gripping the same female, as commonly happens (scroll down here for another example, which looks like a alien transporter accident but is just a bunch of toads). Compare the very similar ingredients - scared child, baffled adults, dark mutterings of pollution - of the MetroWest Daily News story of the two-headed toad that turned out to be mating toads, not mutants. There are a number of reasons, including genetic, why it doesn't make sense. Yeah, I know pollution really does cause malformed frogs, but the typical teratology loks like this.
posted by raygirvan at 3:38 AM on March 8, 2004

Yep, I think they're mating frogs too. How could this thing have survived tadpolehood?

People need to spend more time outdoors looking at nature and stuff.
posted by maggie at 5:51 AM on March 8, 2004

posted by jozxyqk at 6:28 AM on March 8, 2004

What are frogs doing hopping around a garden already? My garden in Berkshire seems too cold to have them out yet.

And last spring I had a busy pond, and 3 was an exceptionably small number to have a mating ball, amongst these European "Common frogs". I miss the varieties of American frogs that sing so sweet. These in the UK are too quiet about it.
posted by Goofyy at 7:07 AM on March 8, 2004

lol @ jozxyqk

If only these guys were discovered before the superbowl
posted by Satapher at 8:57 AM on March 8, 2004

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