Bull Frogging

In the summer, just around the twilight, the choir frog starts vocalizing Webster Lake. In our bay, a deep bass sound, like the noise of a bull, ticks after they have remained in full voice. This singer is an American bullfrog or simply a bull's frog, as most of us call it. The famous amphibian frog found in the United States and Canada is a member of the Ranidae family, or "real frogs". The natural area of ‚Äč‚Äčeastern North America stretches from the Atlantic coast to the west of Oklahoma and Kansas. It has recently been introduced to Nantucket Island, Arizona, Utah, Colorado, Nebraska, Nevada, California, Washington and Hawaii. It is considered an invasive species in these countries because it can surpass indigenous species of amphibians, disrupting the local ecological balance. In some foreign countries, such as Mexico, China, South Korea and Argentina, the frog is deliberately released, either as a food source or as a type of biological control.

So how'd you see the frog? Look for a variety of frogs with olive green back and sides and brown marks. The abdomen of the frogs will be white with gray or yellow spots. Namely, the upper lip is often light green, and the lower lip is much pale. Please note that the male throat is yellow and is smaller than the females. Inside the mouth of the frogs are tiny teeth that are used to capture small objects. The brown eyes of the frogs come out and have an almond-shaped irregular shape. You will find the bugs of the membrane (timpani) immediately behind the eyes and the dorsolar skin folds end near them. Males are bigger than his eyes, where the female is smaller than the eyes. Widths on the frog are either blotted or have gray strips. The forelegs are firm and short, with the long legs long and lean, capable of crossing the length of their body 10 times. Only the fingers on the legs are intertwined, except the fourth finger. Most bulls have about 3.6 to 6 inches. Growth is fast in the first eight months of life, and weight increases from 18.18 to 6.17 ounces. A larger, mature rifle can weigh 1.5 kg and up to 8 inches.

Found in large, permanent water surfaces, such as ponds, swamps, lakes and streams, male bulls defend their territory for a period of two to three months of mating. This season is from May to July. Males will claim that the locations are usually 9.8 to 10.7 feet away. They loudly invite at least three different territorial calls that serve not only as a threat to other men, but also to attracting women and meeting pre-conflict calls.

Males are formed into groups called choruses. These words are dynamic, they form and stay together for several days. After a short period of time they continue to create new choirs with different men. In order to establish domination within the choir, a man shows various aggressive behaviors, especially visually. Territorial males have inflated positions to show yellow colored throats, while non-territorial males stay in the water with only their heads in view. When two dominant men come into contact, they are wrestling! After all the male horses, the woman will finally choose a partner. When it's over, it deposits its 20,000 eggs on its shallow water.

As a boy who grew up on Lake Rock Table in Missouri, I remember many nights when my dad, two brothers and I left "frogs". American bulls are often found in a dining table, especially in the Midwest and in the southern parts of the United States. When a deep call is heard, the light fires temporarily on the frog. Then, when approaching slowly, carefully and quietly, the frog is thrown with a multiple spear (if it is legal), grabbing concerts or hand-picking. Normally, the last legs are eaten, like small dandelions and cooked in the same way. Little fun – American Bullfrog is a state amphibian from Missouri, Ohio and Oklahoma.

Most of us who have grown up in the United States share one more memory on the American bullfight – dissection in biology classes. I would not want to repeat, thank you!