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Haven't seen this many frogs since the TdF ...(8 posts)

Haven't seen this many frogs since the TdF ...Humma Hah
Aug 13, 2003 6:46 PM
... new hazard on my ride home. I'm in the habit of taking the bike around the neighborhood lake bike path on the way home, to keep the local vandals guessing. But the last few times around, all I've seen is frogs. Rana pipins, mostly, the common leapoard frog. They just sit there dumbfounded in my 10W halogen headlight, on the pavement, and let me ride right up to them.

I have to slow down to avoid hitting them, or causing them to jump into my wheels. But they add an interesting dimension to the ride.

If I happen to hit one, how do you prepare frogs' legs?
Bring oil to hot...the bull
Aug 13, 2003 7:02 PM
so when a crumb is tossed in it sizzels.
With a sharp knife slice frog leg at very tip.
In a bowl beat an egg or two.
In second bowl have some flour and/or bread crumbs and spices of your choice mixed up.
Dip the legs in the eggs,then roll in the flour.
Fry till light brown.
Eatem up!With some hot sauce!
Yesser! (nm)Al1943
Aug 13, 2003 7:12 PM
Or try this . . .ms
Aug 14, 2003 6:09 AM
Even if you cannot read French, the pictures should give you some idea as to what you should do:
re: Haven't seen this many frogs since the TdF ...Kvonnah
Aug 13, 2003 7:38 PM
Strange that you post this today. My bike path runs along the Platte river and I have been riding it every work day for almost 2 years and I have never seen a frog until today when I saw a big dead bull frog laying right in the middle of the path. Weird man!
re: Haven't seen this many frogs since the TdF ...rubendc19
Aug 14, 2003 5:26 AM
I was doing some laps last week at the local park, and unfortunatly I saw a dead turtle on the road, looks like a car ran right over it, the shell was completely destroyed...... good thing I didn't go over it, I would have definately gotten a flat from his shell
Frogs have been in population decline for years ...Humma Hah
Aug 14, 2003 6:20 AM
... nobody is exactly sure why. For a while it was thought that ozone depletion was increasing UV radiation and that was killing them, but now they're leaning toward pollution, and the feminizing effects of certain pollutants causing all sorts of strange problems. Anyway, I've always been fond of frogs, turtles, snakes, and other herptiles, and I was glad to see a healthy population spring up so quickly in our year-old lake.

We've got a big turtle population near where I work, and it has been heartbreaking to notice the smushed ones. I've rescued 3 or 4 this year, getting them off roads where the curbs had them trapped. Cycling lets you notice them better than you do from a car.
Frogs have been in population decline for years sogno
Aug 14, 2003 3:56 PM
I agree. I love frogs. Hearing them croak on a summer's night reassures me that the earth still has some life left in her. That doesn't keep me from eating the critters, though.