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Image from page 47 of "Reptiles and birds : a popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting" (1869)

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Title: Reptiles and birds : a popular account of the various orders; with a description of the habits and economy of the most interesting

Year: 1869 (1860s)

Authors: Figuier, Louis, 1819-1894 Gillmore, Parker

Subjects: Birds Reptiles

Publisher: Springfield, Mass. : W.J. Holland

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re smaller than the preceding:they inhabit damp places in fields and vineyards, and only returnto the water to breed or to winter. The flesh of the Edible Frog is very tender, white, and delicate.As an article of food, it is lightly esteemed by some, but unde- 24 BATRACHIANS. servedly so. Prepared in the same manner, Green Frogs closelyresemble very young fowls in taste. In almost all parts of FranceFrogs are disdained as articles of food ; it is only in the south thata taste for them is openly avowed, and there Frogs are sought forand brought to market. Therefore, I never could comprehendhow the notion popular in England, when it is wished to expresscontempt for Frenchmen, should be to call them Frog-eaters. Itis a reproach which might be addressed to Provencals and Lan-guedocians like the author of this work, but not at all to themajority of Frenchmen. The Green Tree Frog is easily distinguished by having little platesunder its toes. These organs are a species of sucker, by means of


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Fig. 6. —Green Tree Frog {Hyla). which the animal is enabled, like the house-fly, to cling strongly toany surface, however smooth and polished it may be. The smoothestbranch, even the lower surface of a leaf, forms a sufficient holdand support to these delicate organs. The upper part of the body is of a beautiful green, the lowerpart, where little tuberculi are visible, is white. A. yellow line,lightly bordered with violet, extends on each side of the headand back, from the muzzle to \he hind legs. A similar line runsfrom the jaw to the front legs. The head is short, the mouthround, and the eyes raised. Much smaller than the ordinary Frog, GEEEN TEEE FEOG. 25 they are far more graceful. During tlie summer tliej^ live upon theleaves of trees in damp woods, and pass the winter at the bottomof some pond, which they do not leave till the month of May,after having deposited their eggs. They feed on small insects,worms, and mollusks; and in order to catch them, they willremain in the same


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