World Frog Day
"It's not easy being green."
~Kermit the Frog, Sesame Street, 1970
Toads are actually a subset of frogs! You can usually tell the difference between a frog and a toad based on whether it’s smiling or frowning? Frogs tend to have mouths that turn upward making it look like they are smiling, whereas toads’ mouths tend to turn downward making them look like they are frowning.
By designer Carol A.L. Martin, this tartan employs the subdued colors of the common frog.
These amazing amphibians can be found on every continent in the world except Antarctica with the highest concentration being found in warm tropical climates.
Frogs play a variety of roles in culture, appearing in folklore and fairy tales such as the Brothers Grimm story of The Frog Prince. In ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia, frogs symbolized fertility, while in classical antiquity, the Greeks and Romans associated frogs with fertility, harmony, and licentiousness.
Scotland is home to the Common Frog (and the Common Toad and Natterjack Toad). Toads are actually subsets of the frog family. And frogs also usually have moist slimy skin, while toads have dry bumpy skin.
Folklore surrounding toads and frogs is extensive, and often surrounding powers of healing or transference of illness. Holding a live frog or toad in the mouth of a child was said to cure whooping cough or thrush. Similarly, in the Scottish Highlands, drinking "the water of a toad" or binding a toad or frog to an open wound was said to promote healing.
Interestingly, some frog skin has been shown to contain compounds called maganins, which provide a protective shield against bacterial and fungal infection.
For more froggy facts, click the jumping frog for a wonderful frog blog, "Gone Froggin."