National Geographic : 1938 May
A FROG THAT EATS BATS AND SNAKES large, bony legs and tail, was as big as three or four mice. On this occa sion he used his usual technique of snapping the head of his prey into his mouth before it had a chance to offer resistance. The frog seemed to know that he could not hold the opossum as he had the mouse, for after a little preliminary skir mishing he swal lowed the young marsupial down asfarashepos sibly could. The opossum resisted death to the last. One could see his head working around in the frog's stom ach, and, even though I knew his teeth to be immature, when ever a large bulge protruded from the frog's side I half expected to see a hole appear and a pointed nose push through the body wall. POWERFUL ARE VISELIKE ARMS AND HORNY HANDS Built like a wrestler, the smoky jungle frog often uses bear-hug tactics to hold larger creatures until he can cram their heads into his throat. Few victims can escape the grasp of muscular, bowed forearms, spurlike thumbs, antiskid knobs on his rough chest (page 657). At the same time the prehensile tail, most of which was still unswallowed, lashed about until it came in contact with the frog's arm and promptly wrapped around it in a death grip. The opossum, however, was fighting a losing battle. In three or four minutes he went limp and was com pletely swallowed. Of all the creatures that the smoky jungle frog feeds upon, the bats are probably the most dangerous, for their needle-sharp teeth could, if given a chance, cut through the stomach wall in one bite. Nevertheless, the bats appeared to be one of his favorite foods, for he never allowed one to stay in his cage very long without attacking it. He had probably eaten many bats before, for thousands of them must have fluttered past him every evening as they flew from their cave in search of food. He would seize a bat head first and hold it in his mouth until it was dead; then, after considerable clawing and scraping with his hands, he would straighten out the wings so that it could be swallowed. On one occasion, after he had devoured a large fruit-eating bat, I found that there were a few scratches in the back of his lower jaw which were bleeding slightly. This was exceptional, however.