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A Black Torrent Frog (Micrixalus saxicola).

Frogs and the similar toads are a large family of hundreds of species of batrachian amphibians, with a nearly worldwide distribution, absent only from high latitudes and remote oceanic islands. Even in deserts, species such as the water-holding frog, which is used as a drinking bottle by Australian Aborigines,[1] are to be found, buried deep below the ground between the infrequent rains.

Frogs in the Bible

The second of the Ten Plagues of Egypt was of frogs. In Egyptian culture, frogs were gods, and worshiped as such. God released enough frogs from the Nile so that the Egyptians could scarcely avoid stepping on them, as a direct affront to this worship practice.[2]

Leviticus declares them unclean to eat.

And all that have not fins and scales in the seas, and in the rivers, of all that move in the waters, and of any living thing which is in the waters, they shall be an abomination unto you. Leviticus 11:10 (KJV)


  1. Water holding frog, South Australia Environmental Protection Agency 2004, accessed 26 May 2007
  2. Exodus 8:1-15

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