Frog and Toad Weren’t Always Friends




A gentleman in Lynn, Massachusetts, while passing a pond in that city a few mornings since, witnessed a singular scene, which he describes as follows: Around the margin of the pond, in the water, there was a large collection of common toads; close beside them was an equal gathering of bull-frogs; and a battle between the two was in progress. The frogs, being the most powerful, were busily engaged in drowning the toads. One or more frogs would sieze a toad and hold his head under water until he was drowned. Sometimes a frog would find himself overmatched, and then he would utter a peculiar sound, when one or more of his comrades would come to his aid, and the toad was sure to go under, never to rise again. This battle continued for several minutes, until the toads were “cleaned out,” when the frogs joined in one triumphant croak.

Nevada State Journal (Reno, Nevada) Jun 17,  1871

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