This headless frog is the most bizarre thing you'll see today!
Everyone knows that, at least for most living things, it's incompatible with life to lose one's mind - in the literal sense - right? It's not completely impossible, so much so that we at Mega Curioso have already talked about Mike, a chicken that, oddly enough, survived for no less than 18 months without his little head! But then you agree that it is very, very difficult for anyone to roam around after suffering even partial decapitation, right?
Imagine the surprise of some researchers when, on a field trip through a forest in Connecticut, one of them felt something tapping his foot, and when he stopped to see what it was, he came across a frog. headless ”- or“ faceless ”, since these amphibians do not have such a clear head. Anyway, what they saw was this animal here, look:
Can this? (National Geographic / Jill Fleming)
According to Michelle Starr of Science Alert, the scientist who clicked the photo of the bizarre frog above is herpetologist Jill Fleming of the University of Massachusetts, and the encounter with the animal took place in 2016. According to her in a tweet, amphibian he was bouncing through the woods despite having no eyes, nostrils, tongue, or jaw — and had only one hole which, as Jill deduced, would be an opening to the frog's glottis or esophagus.
Scientists haven't collected the amphibian nor sacrificed it, so they don't know exactly how it went out of its head, but Jill suspects that the frog has woken up from the haze - that is, from the mammalian hibernation period that is practiced. for reptiles and amphibians - like this. This means that the frog may have been attacked by some predator during the dormant phase and incredibly survived. Watch a video of the headless frog:
Found the video. pic.twitter.com/cZJhDWEzOm- Jill Fleming (@salamander_jill) February 27, 2018
Among the possibilities proposed by the crowd that saw Jill's tweet is that the frog may have been attacked by one of its many natural predators, such as snakes, rodents or even the American mink ( Neovison mink ). What must have happened is that one of these animals found the frog sleeping, ate his face, and for some reason decided not to finish the meal, leaving the amphibian half eaten away.
Another possibility - very sinister! What has been suggested is that the frog's head was devoured by the larvae of a species of fly, Lucilia bufonivora, which usually lays its eggs around the eyes and nostrils of amphibians. Then, when the larvae hatch from the eggs, they begin to feed on the tissues around the poor eyes and nose, doing a great deal of damage. The amazing thing is that the frog didn't die! Check out the original tweet:
Still puzzled by this find from 2016! An apparently “faceless” toad. Kept hopping into things. Had a small mouth hole- maybe esphogus / glottis (no maxilla or mandible, I think)? It was early spring so I think it must have come out of brumation like this. Any thoughts herp Twitter? pic.twitter.com/bFSLlakhs1- Jill Fleming (@salamander_jill) February 27, 2018
It is noteworthy that during the fog the animals go into a state of numbness in which the metabolic rate and many other functions of the body fall dramatically - and that is probably what prevented the frog from dying from the very serious injuries it suffered. In fact, it is possible that inactivity promoted the animal's recovery until it awakened in early spring and bumped into (literally) scientists.
Another thing, whatever ate the frog's face, was enough brain stem to keep his body going - just like Mike's chicken. Jill doubts that the frog survived long after the encounter, since, lacking tongue, mouth and jaw, it would be difficult for him to feed, not to mention that the lack of eyes made it an extremely easy prey for predators. . Bizarre, right?