Hypnotized Wood Frog- June 21 2006

hypnotized wood frog

Originally uploaded by Camp Naturalist.

During a hike on turtle hill a nature camper found this wood frog. I began rubbing the frog’s belly. About 5 to 10 second later the frog goes into a hypnotized state. While it is in this state I can still see it swallowing but other than that it’s as if it is frozen stiff. After about 45 to 60 seconds the frog turned over and eventually hops away.

I read about this activity in a wonderful book, Talking to Fireflies, Shrinking the Moon: Nature Activities for All Ages
by Edward Duensing.  This book has wonderful simple nature activities that kids (and adults) will love. I highly recommend it.


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