FRACTS #10 – Are frogs poisonous?

Did you know about the Poison Dart Frogs?

These frogs are dangerous as their skin glands contains the deadly toxins. Not all Poison Dart Frogs are deadly, some are just less toxic where they can paralyze their attackers or predators. The more poisonous species will be like the Golden Poison Frog. The Golden Poison Frog is so poisonous that just one milligram of its poison is strong enough to kill 10,000 mice!
(Citation 1 : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poison_dart_frog)

Poison Dart Frog

Poison Dart Frogs’ poison are Batrachotoxin, which are basically neurotoxins. So once the poison is ingested by the predator it will directly affect the nervous system of the victim. Once the nervous system is down the body won’t be able to function properly, causing death. Other animals also have neurotoxins as a defense or even a weapon. This includes animals like snakes, spiders and scorpions.

Do you know the differences between Poison and Venom? Venom is when the toxin is being injected directly to the body, like stings or fang bites. Poison is different as it’s only classified as that when the toxin is ingested.

It’s arguable that Poison Dart Frogs do not create their own toxins and rather that they feed on insects that consume poisonous plants around them, this allows the frog to accumulate the toxins within it with each insect it eats.
(Citation 2 : http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/Amazonia/Facts/fact-poisondartfrog.cfm)

The reason they are called poison dart frogs is that natives in the jungle discovered that these frogs are poisonous. So they decided to secrete the poison from the frog to apply on the tips of their weapons like arrows, hence the name Poison Dart Frog.

But just being poisonous is not enough to stop predators to try feeding on them. So these frogs have evolved to have brightly colored skin to detain predators from preying on them. Bright colors in the animal world is a way of saying “Hey back off, I’m poisonous. Eat me if you dare!”

Many animals in the world has also developed this tactic to prevent predators from eating them. Other animals like Monarch Butterflies and Coral Snakes also have brightly colored skin or patterns to fend off would-be predators.

Here’s another fun fact, did you know that the cute Platypus found in Australia has it’s own venom?

platypus

It does! The venom is located in the spur (like a small spike) which is on the hind limbs of the platypus which only the males have. This venom is rather unique. The venom doesn’t kill, but instead causes swelling and excruciating pain for weeks or even months! Victims claimed that the pain is so bad that it’s even worse than being shot by a gun! Also there’s no antidote for it, not even morphine is able to soothe the pain. So in short, never handle a platypus carelessly or you might just end up suffering from the venom for weeks!
(Citation: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platypus_venom)

 

 

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Life stages of the American Bullfrogs in Jurong Frog Farm!

Have you ever visited JFF before? If not, hop on over this coming weekend!

Just last week we had a new harvest from our mating pairs of American Bullfrogs! Looks like chia seeds huh?

Frog Eggs

Then after a few days they began hatching into tiny tadpoles! They look like little grains of black glutinous rice with a tail, don’t they?

Baby Tadpoles

We also have 2 months tadpoles 7-10 cm in length from the CNY harvest. By the end of the 2nd month, they start to grow legs, firstly is the hind legs which takes one month to develop and another month for the forelegs to develop. Now this process is called Metamorphosis (refresher course for most of you!)

Tadpoles

After metamorphosis, they begin the process of apoptosis where their tails start to shrink and disappear as they become fully developed baby frogs. Now this baby frogs can be rather jumpy. Just by waving your hand over them and they’ll start hoping and swimming all over the place!

Baby Frog

After about 5-6 more months these little frogs will have then grown into big versions of themselves! Now we have a few thousands of adults bullfrogs here in the farm. If you like you can get some frog feed here in the farm and feed them! You’ll be astonished at how fast they can gobble up their food in a single gulp! Watching them live in action definitely feels way more different then watching a video about the bullfrogs!

The Bullfrogs

So what are you waiting for?!
If you want to see these different life stages up close and personal, take a trip down to the farm this weekend!!

Now if this is your first time making a trip down to the farm, below are the different ways you can take to reach our farm!

Our address is JFF PTE LTD (Formerly known as Jurong Frog Farm) 51 (Plot 56) Lim Chu Kang Lane 6 Singapore 718864

Firstly by Driving if you have your own vehicle or getting a Taxi: Take PIE from city, EXIT 36 Jalan Bahar and Turn right. You will pass SCDF and the cemetery on your left. Travel another 8 km and turn right into Lim Chu Kang Lane 6. We are at Lamp Post 42. Travel time from Jalan Bahar: 10 minutes

Next by Kranji Countryside Express: The shuttle bus departs from Kranji MRT Station Berth 3, every day of the week. There will be a pillar showing the timetable of the bus arrivals. Also there’s a cost of $3 for adults and $1 each for elderly and children. The shuttle bus will stop inside our farm. Bus travel time: 30 minutes. (Link:

Lastly by Bus 975 from CCK, Opposite Lot 1 Shopping Mall, Bus stop. Bus will stop after Lim Chu Kang Lane 5. Walk about 1km (~12minutes) into the Lane 6. Travel Time: 30 minutes

The healthier choice of meat!

Greetings everyone, Sgt.Frog here!

So does everyone love spitting out frog bones from the body meat? Or just chewing on the succulent tender yummy frog legs?

Here at JFF we have plenty of choices of cuts of frogs for all frog meat lovers out there!
So it is said that Chinese have long believed frog meat is good for the health. It is also believed that it can purify the blood and is good for the complexion. (Definitely for the ladies out there!)

So here’s a quick link to our products! (Link: https://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/shop/)

So let’s go in-depth on some of our frog meat products!
First we have some frozen/ fresh frog legs that is unarguably the fleshier part of the frog! They are usually cooked in porridge or deep fried and served with some tangy dipping!
(Link: https://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/product/fresh-frog-legs-500g/)
(Link: https://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/product/frozen-frog-legs-500g/)

Next we have fresh frog meat, where it will consist of the body and legs of the frog. Now these are mostly chopped to smaller pieces and then cooked in various ways, including popular dishes like Frog porridge, Gong Bao frog legs and Steamed frog legs! (Yum!)
(Link: https://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/product/fresh-whole-frog-meat-500g)
(Link: https://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/product/frozen-whole-frog-meat-500g/)

So how about for people that dislike the small bones when feasting on frog meat? Now last but not least, we have the frozen deboned frog meat which we can hardly produce enough to keep stock in our cold store! This deboned frog meat, besides being a popular option for babies food, it is also the favorite option for pets owners as it is way too convenient and the their pets can’t get enough of it!
(Link: https://jurongfrogfarm.com.sg/product/frozen-deboned-frog-meat-300g)
Said to be very healthy, low allergen meat for dogs (esp those with skin conditions), the family dog we have here Bobby is a 13 yr old dog (Which is about 91 yrs in dog years, man those dog years are rough!) can still bark like a young puppy everyday!

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So why frog meat? Basically for it’s low fat, sodium, calories, cholesterol content. This really makes frog meat a healthier choice of meat to consume! Also in the farm, the bullfrogs with have here are not given any antibiotics, hormones or steroids. This is to produce it in the most organic and natural way as possible.

Aside from getting the frog meat fresh from the farm, you can also call
For a delivery order fresh from
the farm at 6791 7229 or selected outlets In NTUC and Prime Supermarket also sell our frog meat products.
So what are you waiting for? Try frog meat today!

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