Ounce for ounce, I don’t know if there’s anything in the animal kingdom as ravenously predatory as a frog. Many are the times I’ve sat on a high plains stock tank during the hot days of dove season watching as that year’s crop of newly-emerged leopard frogs swam around the tank happily eating each other. And bullfrogs? Those beasts will, quite literally, eat anything they can fit in their mouths. And some things they can’t. Don’t believe me? Next time you see a bulfrog sitting on the moss, just toss a worm, a lizard, a rat, pretty much anything in your tacklebox near it and hang on.
If bullfrogs got just a little larger, we all might be trouble. Thankfully, they don’t. But scientists have recently discovered the fossils of a frog to make even the mighty bullfrog quake in his webbed toes. Behold the devil toad! From the New York Times:
_This King-Size Frog Hopped With Dinosaurs
Now appearing in the lobby of Stony Brook University Medical Center: a frog that lived in the era of the dinosaurs and is as big as a beach ball. Scientists believe it to be the largest frog ever…”This was undoubtedly the heaviest frog ever, we estimate about 10 pounds,” said David Krause, the Stony Brook University paleontologist who unearthed the fossils of the frog and the other creatures in Madagascar. “It probably ate any available prey — lizards and snakes and mammals. It was large enough to maybe even eat hatchling dinosaurs.”
The frog’s scientific name is Beelzebufo ampinga, which means “armored devil toad.”_
A ten-pound frog. But not just any frog. A devil toad. If anyone could ever pull a Jurassic Park on these things then purse dogs and housecats beware…