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Monday, July 4, 2011

How a toad can turn you into a prince – National Geographic News Watch

How a toad can turn you into a prince – National Geographic News Watch: "Do not, I repeat not, kiss frogs, toads, or anything similar.

It’s after midnight. The forest is warm, damp, smells of rotting foliage, noisy with strange calls, and filled with creatures on the move.

I’m with a madman. Bill Magnusson, an Australian ecologist, who has spent much of his life in the Amazon, is wearing nothing more than a pair of swimming trunks. He turns over logs with his bare feet, exasperated: “there’s a bloody fer de lance here somewhere.” I feign disappointment at missing this highly aggressive and venomous snake, so far from any medical help.

Bill runs, then dives into the jungle, emerging with a frog in hand. It’s brightly coloured, just gorgeous, bright-eyed in the glare of our headlamps..."

A fun story :-) Also another news source that gives so much desired attention to the Global Amphibian Blitz. Even if you don't join them, the story on NatGeo is fun.

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