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Friday, May 20, 2011

Ribbit... Happy Frog Jumping Day !

Ribbit !
Happy Frog Jumping Day !
written by Patty of CatCalls & DogBarks

Whether you celebrate Frog Jumping Day on May 13th or Frog Jumping Jubilee Day on the 19th... perhaps you experienced a tiny urge to jump over something or maybe an urge to try your foot at hopping for some strange reason ?! That's because Frog Jumping is in the air !

The roots of Frog Jumping Day go back to Mark Twain's first short story. It was first published in 1865 as "Jim Smiley and His Jumping Frog". Later, he published it as "The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County". It is also known under a third title "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County". Whether you have read this classic or not, I am quite sure you have had some encounters with frogs in your life.

Here are some fun facts about frogs that may not have known.

1. Frogs don’t actually drink water with their mouths; they drink it through their skin. A frog’s skin absorbs water when it is in the water so its body gets all of the hydration that it needs that way, and the frog doesn’t need to drink with its mouth.

2. When frogs hibernate, their bones sort of grow a layer, like a tree does. When you look inside a frog’s bone you will be able to see rings and tell how old the frog is by counting the rings.

On a Quiet Day

Blank Greeting Card by TheBlueWindmill

3. A group of fish is called a school, but a group of frogs is called an army. Do you think that is why army colors are green? A group of people is called.... a group!

4. One way to tell a male frog from a female frog is by looking at its ears. The ears can be found right behind the frog’s eyes. If the ears are as big as the eyes, then the frog is a boy. If the ears are smaller than the frog’s eyes, then the frog is a girl.

Boreal Chorus

Fine Art Photo by BlindWolfSpirit

5. The male frog is the only one who can croak. Every frog species makes its own unique sound and some are not even croaks. Some frogs whistle and some chirp like a bird.

6. And lastly, if you decide to kiss a frog, he will not be elevated to the status of a prince.....and just make sure that the frog isn't red. It may be your last kiss!


  1. Funny and informative! I didn't know that a gathering of frogs was an army, and I will be sure to avoid kissing poisonous frogs :)

  2. Yay Patty! What fun!!

    Learned something new!

    Thanks for including my card!!!

  3. I;m partial to the little green frogs that live in our siding! They won't let me get close enough to check their ears...

  4. Thanks, everybody! I thoroughly enjoyed putting this together!


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