"Victorians might be surprised to find frogs in their back yards this summer.
However, it turns out that refers to the inhabitants of a district in Australia rather than to those in a period of history a century or so ago. Shame.
They've failed to show
what the leather/skin looks like at various stages through the process. It's also notable that Australia has to import the stuff despite having its own cane toad problem. Given the government was trying to get people to whack or stamp on cane toads to reduce the population of poisonous pests, this could end up being an insult-to-injury issue, with subsequent cane toads being killed with the skins of their predecessors.
By the time this article
was coming out, I suspect most of that area was iced up or even under snow.
... so they need the kerb to be lowered
for them to cross the road.
Frogs are not the brightest of critters. Sometimes they decide to eat something rather large or inappropriate
They can be very unambitious
(evolutionarily) when it comes to their own size
There's a lot of on-screen time for a couple of frogs in the recent Disney film "The Princess And The Frog". The plot goes pretty much as you'd expect - including the film-makers being unable to bring themselves to leave the transformed characters as frogs at the end.
Meanwhile, in the much older Disney film of "The Black Cauldron", there were many more frogs (hiding among the crockery at the witches' house). They didn't get a lot of on-screen time or characterisation though - not even individual names! However, despite being transformed people, these frogs remained entirely froggy forever as far as the audience was shown. Only one of the main characters on the quest was switched in and out of frogginess.
... or merely being spotted more
There have been recent pushes to get children (and adults) out looking for various types of wildlife (in addition to the BBC's spring- and autumn-watch programmes) and apparently more people have been holidaying in the UK during the financial crisis. So a certain amount of the additional sightings could be down to extra observers rather than increases in wildlife.
A couple of newts of different species, one native and one exotic
, have been taken into care
I thought perhaps it was going to be a treasured pet, smuggled along on the trip like a security blanket. Unfortunately, it turned out to be a snacklet! :-o