Biologists Say Giant-Penised Frog is ‘Good for the Forest’

FrogPeter Fimrite writes in the San Francisco Chronicle:

Sheepish scientists refer to it as a tail, but the appendage dragging behind the male frog recently discovered in Mendocino County is no tail.

The little amphibian, known as a coastal tailed frog, is unique among frog and toad species for its comparatively magnificent, let’s call it, copulatory organ.

The unusual species was found recently for the first time in the 23,780-acre Garcia River Forest, farther south than it has ever been known to exist. Biologists say the 1- to 2-inch-long amphibian has a lot going for it, most notably its genitalia, which can get up to a quarter of the length of its body.

But it is less about size than it is motion, as they say. This stream-loving critter apparently wags his tail with admirable dexterity.

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16 Comments on "Biologists Say Giant-Penised Frog is ‘Good for the Forest’"

  1. Must be an African frog.

  2. Must be an African frog.

  3. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it.

  4. Don’t knock it if you haven’t tried it.

  5. justagirl | Mar 8, 2011 at 3:30 pm |

    “sheepish scientists”(?) well, then, they shouldn’t have been allowed to name it. it’s not a tail. since when does anatomy of animals embarrass scientists?

  6. justagirl | Mar 8, 2011 at 11:30 am |

    “sheepish scientists”(?) well, then, they shouldn’t have been allowed to name it. it’s not a tail. since when does anatomy of animals embarrass scientists?

  7. Anonymous | Mar 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm |

    That’s considered Giant, woohoo, finally something goes my way.

  8. Investinourftre | Mar 8, 2011 at 12:16 pm |

    That’s considered Giant, woohoo, finally something goes my way.

  9. Rex Vestri | Mar 8, 2011 at 4:24 pm |

    I’m apparently somehow related to that frog. I’ve never thought of mine as being a tail though.

  10. Rex Vestri | Mar 8, 2011 at 12:24 pm |

    I’m apparently somehow related to that frog. I’ve never thought of mine as being a tail though.

  11. Sennalvr | Mar 8, 2011 at 9:47 pm |

    Women always try to tell you size doesn’t matter. What a bold faced lie that is.
    If size doesn’t count for anything then why did Mother Nature even bother to give this guy such a huge penis? Mother Nature knows what she’s doing.

  12. Sennalvr | Mar 8, 2011 at 5:47 pm |

    Women always try to tell you size doesn’t matter. What a bold faced lie that is.
    If size doesn’t count for anything then why did Mother Nature even bother to give this guy such a huge penis? Mother Nature knows what she’s doing.

  13. Williams_remo | Mar 9, 2011 at 11:00 pm |

    The John Holmes of the Rainforest

  14. Williams_remo | Mar 9, 2011 at 7:00 pm |

    The John Holmes of the Rainforest

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