The Internet Has Fallen In Love With This Gigantic Frog Species

We’ve all been told not to believe everything that we see on the internet. For the most part, that is sound advice as the world-wide-web can be a plethora of doctored photos and tall tales. However, the internet can also connect us with people and things around the world that are real, even if it’s hard to believe. That’s what happened when a photo of one frog started making rounds online.

The frog looks so unbelievably large, people don’t actually think it’s the real deal.

Earlier in the month, there was a photo that began to make the rounds on Twitter as people debated its validity. Given that the large frog looks very much like Jabba the Hutt’s long lost cousin, people were skeptical to believe it was a real animal. Many thought that it was fake or that it was some kind of shell-less turtle.

Still, the image was retweeted, liked, and shared thousands of times, eventually getting the attention of a biologist.

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Jodi Rowley is a Twitter user, as well as a conservation biologist who has a passion for frogs. She was quick to dispel any misinformation attached to the image. To many peoples’ surprise, she confirmed it was, indeed, a real frog.

Its giant, chubby appearance is due to a self-defense technique in which it inflates itself with air in order to look more formidable when it feels in danger. The species of the frog is the Blunt-headed Burrowing Frog, also called Glyphoglossus molossus.

Rowley wrote:

“This #frog is doing the rounds on social media. It’s a Blunt-headed Burrowing Frog (Glyphoglossus molossus). Native to drier parts of mainland SE Asia, this species spends most of its life underground, waiting for rain- they’ve a great shape for burrowing & conserving water.”

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