Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Rock Frogs: Live Frogs Inside Hollow Rocks

There have been many reports of frogs found inside rocks; some still living in a kind of stupor but which revived once exposed to the air.

In 1910 a living toad was found when a piece of coal was broken open; another was found in 1906 six feet underground in a solid layer of clay. The most commonly found seem to be stuck in limestone.

The theory is that a small tadpole somehow enters a crack in a forming nodule or pocket and gets trapped in there as it grows. As it does, the smell attracts tiny insects which feed the toad and keep it alive.

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