Friday, January 6, 2017

ZooWeird 37

A doggerel series about odd or little-known animals.

The Crucifix Toad is an Australian, odd-looking fossorial (adapted for digging) frog and one of the few Australian frogs to exhibit aposematism (having markings that warn or repel predators). It is named after the cross on its back. The holy cross frog occurs in central inland New South Wales and the interior of southern Queensland, west of the Great Dividing Range. The species occupies an area of approximately 615,000 km2. The species is ground-dwelling and prefers arid areas. (All animal info from

“You’ve got a ‘cross’ to bear, I see,”
The toad joked to the frog.
“That’s really so original,”
Frog croaked there in the bog.

“I hear that many times a day—
From creatures small and great,
Today, you are the thousandth, so
It’s you I really hate!”

The toad hopped off in some despair—
His sense of humor lost.
And thus he learned to calculate
How much sarcasms cost.

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